MOGADISHU, July 19, 2016 – The World Bank Group, along with international partners, recently supported the Government of Somalia to launch the country’s first Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) . The launch was the result of months of consultations and coordination between the Government, Chamber of Commerce and World Bank Group. The platform is a breakthrough tool in structuring the discussion between Somalia’s private sector and the Government, and it will benefit from the technical support of the development community. It also provides a unique opportunity to set benchmarks for inclusive partnerships between the government and private sector.
Along with government representatives, attendants included, regional governments, regional chambers of commerce, private sector, diaspora, UN and the international community. Businessmen and women represented the telecom, construction, agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, energy, transportation and service industries.
“I’m very happy to see so many faces here today. We should remind ourselves of how much we have achieved, and I’m happy that the government and the international community recognise our accomplishments.” said Nafiso Samatar, Director of the Somali Women Business Association.
Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations (SRSG) Michael Keating said he was happy to speak at the event, reaffirming the goal of “practical partnership to boost job creation and stability.”