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Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of National Planning and Development


Dubai Port World, the port operator with terminals from Brazil to China, has signed an agreement with the government of Somaliland to co-invest $442 million (Dh1.62 billion) in the Port of Berbera.

The two parties have signed a term-sheet agreement to form a joint venture company that will “invest and manage” and transform the port into a “regional and logistic hub,” according to DP World statement sent to Gulf News on Wednesday.

It is understood the agreement was signed during a recent visit to Dubai Port World’s offices in Dubai by Somaliland officials.

Somaliland’s President Ahmad Mohammad Mohamoud was reportedly in the UAE last week.

The agreement sets the basic terms for the investment that includes investing $442 million in the port “over time.

The investment also includes the setting up of a free zone, the statement said.

The development of the Port of Berbera “will provide an additional gateway for Ethiopia that is needed for its growth and serve other land-locked countries along the east coast of Africa,” DP World said.

In March 2015, Dubai-owned P&O Ports said it had entered into “preliminary discussions” with the government of Somaliland to develop ports in the region.

P&O Ports is a sister company of DP World but does not share the same ownership structure.

DP World is owned by Dubai investment company Dubai World while P&O Ports is owned by state entity Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC). Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem is the chairman of DP World and PCFC.

Source: Gulf News

 

On March 30th, 2016 the Ministry of National Planning and Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a strategic review meeting at Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa.

The aim of the meeting was the Government of Somaliland, UNDP, and Donor counterparts jointly take stock of cooperation and measure progress towards objectives in 2015, as well as validate preliminary discussions on 2016 work plans, in the framework of the Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA) related to the New Deal Compact.

The 2016 annual work plans are the result of a dialogue between donors, Government institutions, and UNDP projects and programmes, and reflect the priority results and activities to be achieved in 2016.

The Minister of National Planning and Development His excellence Ali Ismail Jirde officially opened the meeting. After welcoming words the Minister expressed his pleasure to participate such meeting. He said “It is our pleasure to be here and discuss what has been achieved in 2015 and plan priories of 206 together”. “I would like to stress that Somaliland should receive its fair share of UNDP Multi-partner Trust Fund” he added. He also emphasized that Trust Fund distributions is subject to Donor 

 

 The devastating impacts of climate change are a reality faced each day in Somaliland.

Thousands of people who overcame tremendous odds to gain independence and rebuild their lives after conflict are now being displaced. Even the indigenous justice mechanisms that laid the foundations for the peace and stability that prevail in Somaliland now face an existential threat from climate change.

Somaliland has the critical ingredients to respond to this crisis on the ground and can uniquely contribute to global issues like climate change, but to do this the international community must recognize Somaliland so that the peace that was so hard-won could be maintained. The alternative is that we risk conflict over scarce resources not just in Somaliland but in the wider Horn of Africa region.

Somaliland is one of the countries that have contributed least to bring about climate change. It has no major industries, a limited carbon footprint and ecologically sound traditions. It has some of the richest solar and wind resources in the world, and has pledged itself to a carbon neutral future.

And yet it finds itself bearing the brunt of the devastating impacts of climate change.

CREEPING DROUGHT

Somaliland is currently suffering from its worst drought in decades. After failure of the main rains for two consecutive years more than 240,000 people have been left without enough food and up to 40 percent of Somaliland's livestock has been decimated, in a country where livestock accounts for 80 percent of foreign earnings and 40 percent of GDP.

 

UK promoting stability and prosperity in Somaliland

The Head of DFID Somalia, Phil Evans, visited Somaliland in February 2016 to attend a High Level Delegation meeting to discuss and review development support to Somaliland.

Mr Evans together with Ambassadors to Somalia from Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands and accompanied by Government of Somaliland officials visited Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). The new water pipeline replaces the 40-year-old existing pipeline system with a new high-capacity single-transmission main, thus bringing more water into the municipal system. The new water supply pipeline, together with the new Geed Deeble pumping station that will be constructed over the coming 12 months, is designed for a capacity of 20 million litres of water per day. As a first step to increase the water production, four new boreholes at Hora Haadley are currently nearing completion, with very promising yields and the project is expected to be completed by January 2017. These important infrastructure works will lay the foundation for other ongoing and future water expansion works that will give an additional 132,000 people in Hargeisa access to water.

During the visit, Somaliland Minister for National Planning and Development, Mr Ali Hussein Ismail, thanked DFID and its funding partners for their continued support to the Somaliland Development Fund and added that project was a good example of the principle of aid effectiveness.

Improved water infrastructure

In supporting improved availability and access to clean and affordable water for Hargeisa residents, DFID Somalia through the Somaliland Development Fund and in partnership with the European Union are supporting the Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (HUWSUP). The project is implemented by UN-Habitat, in partnership with the Hargeisa Water Agency and the Somaliland Ministry of Water Resources.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4-year multi-donor fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in the implementation of the National Development Plan. All projects funded by the SDF are fully aligned with the Somaliland National Development Plan. DFID has contributed £25 million out of the £50 million fund budget. Other contributions have been made by Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

 

The increasing demand for more and better statistics has brought to the front position the importance of statistics as a strategic resource for national and international development. Statistics are now recognized internationally as part of the enabling environment for the development.

They constitute an essential element in improving the ability of the government to develop appropriate policies, manage the economy and social development reform policies, monitor improvements in the living standards of the people and report back this progress to the public using solid evidences. Statistics are needed by organizations other than governments (both international and local).According to the World Bank, good quality statistical data are needed to manage results, to set targets and monitor outcomes, to design development policies and strategies, to make evidence-based decisions about allocation and management of scarce resource.

The coming quotation was said by minister of finance and economic development Tanzania, honorable Mustafa H Mkulo (MP) during a press conference on official launching of new GDP estimates, 2001.“You can’t measure the government’s performance without having good statistics from a reliable source which is authorized to provide official statistics in the country”

Uses of statistics:

In general, statistics can be defined as a branch of applied research which is concerned with the development and application methods for collecting, organizing, presenting, analyzing and interpreting quantitative data in such a way that the reliability of conclusions based on data may be evaluated in terms of probability statements. The statistical methods and procedures are use full for socio-economic development. Statistical methods are applied to enormous numerical facts with an objective that “behind every figure there’s a story”. Thus, it can be used in a diversified field of   study; some of the functions of statistics can be as follows:

  1. To present facts in a definite form.
  2. Statistics facilitates comparisons.
  3. Statistics gives guidance in the formulation of suitable policies.
  4. Statistics can be formulated well in advance for predictions.
  5. Statistical methods are helpful in formulating, testing hypothesis and develop new theories.

Somaliland Statistics system development:

The government of Somaliland in recognition the fact socio-economic planning and policy formulation requires quality and reliable data that responses sustainable development and poverty reduction. The government is now in commitment to improve the national statistics system. This was confirmed by the presidential decree No-013/112007 dated on 28th May 2008. The presidential decree mentioned that all government institutions establish planning/statistics department, that has their mandate to plan, administer and improve their capacities under the guidance of the central statistics department.

The Central Statistics Department (CSD) was established under the Ministry of National Planning & Development in 1997.The main objective was to build up an efficient functioning institution that has the capacity to enhance official statistics of data collection, processing, analysis, interpretation and dissemination using international standards to produce timely, accurate and reliable data. CSD is the authority source of official statistics in Somaliland. National statistical regulations define “official statistics” as statistics produced/compiled in the scope of nationwide census or sample survey by national statistics offices and state organs e.g. ministries and other government agencies. The department is responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the entire National Statistics System. CSD had successfully designed and implemented the legal framework and an action plan to build up its capacity to mature and direct all statistical activities in the guidance of UN- fundamental principles official statistics.

Since then, the central statistics department as the prime factor for coordination of statistical activities ought to guide the principals and strategies of the national statistics system. The department has developed two legislation frameworks that might be working as the traffic light for statistical activities. These are the statistics law and National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (2013-2017). The strategy addresses the structural challenges to achieve a reliable national statistical system. The NSS is a coherent, comprehensive that promote a culture of evidence based policy and plays an important role in coordination and standard setting of statistical data collection at national level.

The department is justifying and advocating here the importance of statistics and communicate the public. This advocacy is primarily focuses on the National Strategy for Development of Statistics and the Statistics laws because, both are the fields were changes may occur. A well designed, well-financed NSDS leads to better use of statistics, better decision making and better development outcomes.Consequently, here the department would like to educate and disseminate to stakeholders, some selected versions of translated statistics law which contains five chapters in fifteen articles that both the two houses of parliament (elders, representatives) and the president signed and come in force.

 Article one: Name of the law

This law is cited as statistics law of the republic of Somaliland

Article three: Application

This law shall be apply to designated statistics, but not to any statistics related to defense or security.

 Article four: Central statistics department

a) The existing Statistics department in the Ministry of planning and development shall hence forth be known as the central statistics department.

b) The  department  shall  be  headed  by  a  Director  who  shall,  in  addition  to qualifications prescribed in the Civil Service  law,  have experience in  the field  of statistics.

c) The CSD shall be the principal data collecting and disseminating institution responsible coordinating, monitoring and supervising the national statistics system to cover matters specified in designated statistic schedule.

Article seven: Information to be confidential

 Information to be confidential all information received under the provisions of this law or regulations shall be treated as  confidential  and  shall  not  be  disclosed  to  an unauthorized  person  except  for  the Purposes of this law or under order of a court.

Article eight: Improper disclosure

Any person who:

a)  Being  an  employee  of  the  department  discloses  to  any  person  without  lawful authority  any  information  acquired  person  by  him  in  the  course  of  his employment; or

b) Having  possession  of  any  information,  which  to  his  knowledge  has  been disclosed  in  contravention  of  his  Law,  discloses  that  information  to  any  other person,  shall  be  guilty  of  an  offence  and,  where  the  act  does  not  constitute  a more  serious  offence,  shall  be  liable  to  be  punished  with  a  fine for an amount not exceeding  500,000 to 1,000,000 SL. Sh    or imprison six months or both such fine and imprisonment.

 Article nine: Other Offences

  1. Any person who:

a)  Refuses  to  answer  or  willfully  gives  a  false  answer  to  any  question essential  for  obtaining  information  required  to  be  obtained  under  this Law or regulations:

b)  Willfully makes a false statement or return or furnishes false information connection with this Law or regulations;

c)  Refuses  or  without  lawful  excuse  neglects  to  comply  with  or  acts contravention of any of the provisions of this Law or regulations for which no specific penalty is provided. Shall be guilty of an offence and, where the act or omission does not constitute a more serious offence, shall be liable to be punished with a fine for amount not exceeding Sl. Sh 300,000/= or imprisonment for term not exceeding three months or both such fine and imprisonment.

  1. No person shall be prosecuted for an offence under this Article without a written compliant of the Director or any officer authorized by him.

 

                                                                                   PR- documentation & data dissemination section,

                                                                                                Central Statistics Department.