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Somalia loses US 10 million dollars daily due to internet hitch

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The Somali government on Sunday expressed concern over lack of internet services, saying the country is losing about 10 million U.S. dollars daily as a result of the outage.

Minister of Posts, Telecommunication and Technology of Somalia Engineer Abdi Anshur Hassan said internet hitch disrupted services mainly in south and central regions.

“The average loss that lack of internet services is about 10 million U.S dollars per day. We lost 130 million U.S dollars only in the past two weeks after missing the services which was the lifeline of our people,” Hassan said.

He said that they are trying their best to restore the internet services as soon as possible. The outage has sparked rage across the Horn of Africa nation and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu.

The media, business community, and some government institutions faced difficulties on managing their daily work due to lack of internet in the country.

“I have remained jobless due to lack of internet service. I have lost 1,300 dollars in the past two weeks due to lack of internet services,” Abdirashid Moalim Yusuf, a web developer, told Xinhua in Mogadishu.

Yusuf added that he made attempts to find an alternative network services, but failed to get it, expressing deep concern to the current situation of the internet.



Somalia seeks to set up independent human rights commission

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia on Sunday launched the first phase of the National Independent Human Rights Commission’s selection process, widely seen as a crucial step towards strengthening human rights protection and promotion.

Minister for Women and Human Rights Development Deqa Yasin said despite the many challenges faced by Somalia such as the ongoing insecurity, poverty or the severe drought situation, strengthening the institutional human rights framework is one of Somalia’s key priorities moving forward.

“All people in Somalia must take note of this historic day and learn about the positive influence this independent body can have in their daily lives,” said Yasin.

The ministry collaborated closely with the Federal Member States, civil society organizations and relevant stakeholders to establish a technical selection panel (TSP) in accordance with the Human Rights Commission Law (HRC Law).

“This panel will be working during the coming days on the first phase of the Commissioners’ selection process,” the minister said.

The TSP is tasked with developing the architecture of the selection process, while adhering to the strict rules of the Somali Provisional Constitution, 2012 and the HRC Law.

In the second and final phase, the TSP will implement this process through selection interviews and vetting of the shortlisted candidates.

Yasin said the key priority of the ministry is to ensure that this process is inclusive, fair, transparent, credible and open to the public and all who wish to apply for the honorable position of Human Rights Commissioner.

“The Ministry has put measures in place that will enhance and facilitate an impartial and transparent environment towards the selection of the nine Independent Human Rights Commissioners. Moreover, this will be done with the utmost respect for the privacy of all involved in this process,” the minister said.

Once in office, the commissioners are expected to serve the Somali people with utmost dedication and adhere to the provisions of the Constitution.


Somalia convenes conference to establish direct elections

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia’s poll body plans to hold a three-day international conference on electoral matters next week as the country prepares for one-person, one-vote elections.

The July 10-12 conference to be held in Nairobi is organized by the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) and the Organization of Arab Electoral Management Bodies (Arab EMBs) with support from the UN Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG).

A statement from the UNDP Somalia said the delegates will discuss political parties’ registration process, monitoring and follow-up mechanisms, and share experiences of African and Arab countries with similar processes.

“The conference aims to assist the Somali electoral commission to expedite the process of political party registration in preparation for one-person, one-vote elections in 2020/2021,” UNEP said in a statement issued on Friday evening.

A key step in creating a stable and democratic political system is the registration of political parties, in line with the Political Party Law of the Federal Government of Somalia, which was passed by the Somali Parliament in June 2016.



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