An open letter to the President-elect

President-elect Hassan Sheikh MohamudPricey Mr. President-elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Please settle for my heat congratulations on a victory that I hope will function a second of unification and progress for our beloved nation in line with your slogan “Soomaali heshiis ah, Dunidana heshiis la ah”.

Over the previous 5 years, President Mohamed Farmajo has been accused of sowing division with incessant, divisive and enmity among the many individuals. And though your predecessor has definitely made his mark, you will have the distinctive alternative to appropriate his shortcomings as president. To keep away from the earlier pitfalls, Mr President, you could be easy with the Somali individuals and current clear holistic plans that define methods in your plan of action. The plans ought to describe what, how and when the federal government is prepared to realize the objectives of your imaginative and prescient. The world is ready to see what you do and is a bit nervous.

Sir. Mr President, I believe it is best to prioritize the next sectors:

Youth and safety: Somalia’s youth haven’t been given the chance to develop to their full potential and acquire entry to the alternatives that allow them to develop, develop and thrive as absolutely dedicated, responsive and productive residents. In reality, Mr President, the big younger inhabitants has been susceptible to numerous nationwide issues, together with violence, immigration and terrorism. In phrases of safety and the protracted civil wars, children have been exploited by accusation agendas and terrorist teams. Your authorities ought to draw up a plan to make sure the safety and security of the nation by empowering the youth.

You have been elected on May 15, a crucial day for Somali youth. Understanding and strengthening the position of the nation’s youth is extra essential than ever. The children must turn out to be energetic residents and be supplied with the mandatory companies by your authorities to be protected against vulnerability and radicalization actions and to guide a constructive, productive youth life.

Entrepreneurship improvement and formal jobs: As ‘unemployment’ and ‘survival’ have been cited because the important causes for taking part within the casual economic system, the implementation of insurance policies that facilitate labor provide will scale back the extent of unemployment in Somalia. First, these insurance policies ought to be focused at transition contributors, ie. job seekers and most graduates working within the casual economic system whereas taking part within the energetic seek for full-time employment. Your authorities via the Ministry of Youth can facilitate the work by creating a good atmosphere for the personal sector to create high quality jobs.

You will hear many and infrequently conflicting opinions on problems with financial improvement. I encourage you to hear fastidiously to recommendation from all sides. The nation’s agenda for financial and public monetary administration is just too necessary to be uncared for. Particular consideration to debt reduction points will present nice rewards in your administration and for our nation. The earlier authorities has requested the International Monetary Fund, IMF, to prolong its monetary help by three months till 17 August. Your authorities must work exhausting to strengthen authorities establishments, particularly when it comes to tax assortment and management of public spending. The nation’s debt may drop to $ 557 million. or about six p.c of GDP as early as 2023, which is able to assist FGS entice extra funding from worldwide companions and assist develop its personal sector.

Somalia’s actual GDP fell by 0.3 p.c in 2020. It is the bottom progress within the final economically unstable decade. A big issue has been the triple threats, which embrace sustained results of 2019 floods, grasshopper invasion and the COVID-19 disaster, as this worth differs from the corresponding progress in 2019 (an enhance of three.3 p.c). Uncertainty and pure shocks are the important present dangers. With the world economic system turning into fragile in excessive inflation, households throughout Somalia are feeling the pinch of rising meals, vitality costs, transport and well being as a consequence of document excessive inflation of 6.45% in April 2022, and core efficiency inflation has quadrupled in a row. months. Sir. President, be ready to curb inflation with a purpose to stop long-term shopper value inflation from taking root within the economic system in the long term.

Challenges

Other challenges that you’ll face Mr President in the following 6 months embrace: Mediation of conflicting curiosity teams: 1) Union of Peace and Democracy Party (UPD), 2) clans in search of their share of the notorious 4.5 system , and three) main gamers – FMS presidents and a number of the presidential candidates – who, as a result of of their help for you, really feel entitled to sure posts in the brand new authorities. Each of those curiosity teams has necessities, first amongst them is to affect the appointment of a Prime Minister and the following appointments of Ministers. You want to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses and appoint a Prime Minister who can complement you. In addition, Mr President, you need to create truthful and clear standards for electing a Prime Minister:

1) Academic skills,

2) Work expertise,

3) Knowledge of Somali politics,

4) Vision for workplace,

5) A way of cooperation, and

6) Integrity that displays his or her work.

In the wake of the election, the nation and its new management face many challenges and alternatives in the hunt to revive Somalia to its rightful place among the many nations of the world. The alternative can also be a answer to certainly one of the above challenges – to construct cooperation between the Somali authorities and the worldwide group (IC). IC is raring and prepared to assist Somalia’s reconstruction, as set out in its new IC framework – “Somali-owned reconstruction and development program”. Sir. President, take into consideration financial improvement and safety.

Sir. President, please arrange an advisory committee to help you. The standards ought to be 1) Somali citizen, 2) have tutorial and skilled expertise in an advisory subject, 3) perceive Somali coverage, 4) solely give a advice when requested inside their space of ​​experience, 5) put public curiosity earlier than personal. and 6) have credibility amongst the general public as moral that has promoted Somali curiosity prior to now. No chief can, regardless of his private talent, succeed alone. Keep in thoughts that no profitable individual does this on their very own. Do not be too proud to belief Providence and encompass your self with expert and trustworthy individuals, not only the outdated faces we all know, however counselors who will probably be prepared to inform you what you could hear and never solely what you should hear. Also, hearken to these with whom you disagree. Learn to work with different duly elected officers, FMS leaders and members of the opposition. Listen to the wants and considerations of the Somali individuals, and contemplate them fastidiously when making choices.

Once once more, congratulations in your election as Somalia’s tenth President. I want you all one of the best and pray in your sensible management that may unite Somalis and steer the nation on the trail to sustainable peace and progress.

Yours sincerely

Hashim Sheikh AbdinoorThe writer is an financial statistician primarily based in Mogadishu. Email: [email protected]Twitter: @hashimabdinoor

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