MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
A new Force Commander of the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) assumed office on
Wednesday and pledged to enhance security across the
Horn of Africa nation.
from the AU mission said Jim Beesigye Owoyesigire took
over from Osman Noor Soubagleh, who has been in office
since July 2016.
pledged to continue with the work already started,
especially with capacity building of the Somali National
“All of us
here have one problem, and that is Al-Shabaab. We don’t
have to collocate with Al-Shabaab. We need to fight him,
break his backbone and then finally eradicate him.
That’s my goal and I will achieve it,” Owoyesigire said.
priorities include overseeing a seamless, gradual and
conditions-based transition and transfer of the security
responsibility from AMISOM, to the Somali security
forces, and destroying the remaining pockets of the Al-Qaida
affiliated Al-Shabaab militants.
experience in the military, Owoyesigire brings to the
Force vast knowledge in Field Artillery and Air Defence,
having served the Ugandan military as Air Force
Commander and Division Commander - Field Artillery
Division, among other capacities.
career, I have never withdrawn from the battlefield for
the last 39 years and I like training; which am going to
do with the Somali National Army, operate with them and
when times comes, for the transition to handover the
power, I will do that,” he said.
holds two Masters degrees, in defense and strategic
studies and in religion, peace and conflict resolution.
Somalia, UN launch
initiative to improve lives of IDPs
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia and the United Nations
on Wednesday launched a major innovation challenge to
seek ideas from young Somalis on improving the living
conditions of people in internally displaced persons (IDPs)
government and UN officials who attended the launch in
Mogadishu urged the Somali youth to develop solutions
for tackling the many problems facing IDPs in their
Steiner, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Administrator advised the youth to develop professional
networks to promote their innovations.
“We do a lot
of emergency support. But what we love the most is to
work with people like you because if we can succeed with
you, to help you to the next level, you will take
Somalia to its next level,” he said in a statement
issued by the UN mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
challenge is part of an ongoing “Innovate for Somalia”
project led by UNDP, in collaboration with Somali
government which has conducted two previous innovation
challenges to improve the dairy industry and on coding
development focused apps.
The third of
its kind, the new innovation project is open to young
Somali IDPs, returnees and young people from host
Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the UN Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said
no country wants to be reliant on emergency assistance.
only way I can achieve my dream of not being needed
anymore (as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator) is if Achim
(Steiner) is fantastically successful in helping all of
you to be fantastically successful. As far as I am
concerned, you are the solution, and good luck,” Lowcock
officials welcomed innovative ideas developed by young
Somalis that can address the various social and economic
difficulties facing their country.
Senior Vice-President Mahmoud Mohieldin called on young
Somalis to maximize the opportunities provided by the
government, civil society and Somalia’s development
partners under the innovation challenge.
World Bank, we do business with governments directly.
But we have a very strong private sector arm, and I am
pleased to know from my colleague today that we have a
fund of around 10 million U.S. dollars dedicated for
Somalia to help the start-ups, small and micro
enterprises,” noted Mohieldin.
inaugural “Innovate for Somalia” camp was held in
October 2017, where young people were given the
opportunity to pitch their business ideas in order to
raise start-up funding.
viable solutions for improving the living conditions and
livelihoods of IDPs will be supported through
entrepreneurship trainings, incubation and access to