SOMALIA / KEITA VISIT

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United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa Bintou Keita a five-day working visit to Somalia with a tour of Kismayo, the interim capital of Jubaland, to familiarise herself with developments taking place in the federal member state. UNSOM

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DATELINE: 16 JUNE, MOGADISHU / KISMAYO, SOMALIA

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16 JUNE, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, UN plane taxiing in Aden Abdulle International Airport
2. Med shot, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia
3. Wide shot, UN plane taxiing in Aden Abdulle International Airport
4. Wide shot, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia receiving Keita
5. Wide shot, Keita and DSRSG walking in airport
6. Various shots, Keita meeting with Somali women leaders
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa, United Nations:
“My take when I get to the field is always first of all to try not to come from a victim’s perspective, so to see the women in terms of who they are, what they bring to the table and how the various women are working collaboratively in cooperation in order to advance the things that matter to them in the society where they find themselves.”
8. Various shots, Keita meeting with Somali women leaders
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Asha Abdulle Siyad, Chairperson, Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI):
“In the constitution review that is happening now, we need to have an article that specifically says minimum 30 percent should be women. Even if that is concretely written in the constitution, the implementation will not come easily. So that will be another challenge. We need a huge support from the international community, from our government and from Federal Member States and from every person in Somalia.”
10. Various shots, Keita meeting with Somali youth leaders

16 JUNE, KISMAYO, SOMALIA

11. Wide shot, plane carrying Keita
12. Aerial shots, Kismayo
13. Wide shot, Keita disembarking from plane
14. Wide shot, convoy carrying Keita
15. Med shot, Keita shaking hands with Abdulkadir Haji Mohamed Yusuf, Second Vice President of Jubaland State of Somalia
16. Various shots, Keita meeting with Haji Mohamed Yusuf
17. Various shots, Keita meeting with AMISOM officials
18. Wide shot, Keita in a meeting with Hamza Abdi Bare, Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Jubaland State
19. Various shots, Keita meeting with Kismayo civil society organisation representatives
20. Various shots, Keita meeting with AMISOM senior military officers
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa, United Nations:
“We discussed the vision around where the country has to be in the medium term, let’s say in five years’ time, and it has a lot to do with the political governance, so the establishment of federalism as well as discussions on the economic situation and particularly when to reach the decision point for debt relief, the HIPC (heavily indebted poor countries). We also discussed the relationship between the United Nations and the federal government and particularly appreciating that we are on the right way and right path and the arrival of the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General is going to be further occasion to build and further the relationship.”
22. Wide shot, Keita walking

STORYLINE:

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Africa Bintou Keita a five-day working visit to Somalia with a tour of Kismayo, the interim capital of Jubaland, to familiarise herself with developments taking place in the federal member state.

Keita held a closed-door meeting on Sunday (16 Jun) with the Second Vice President of Jubaland, Abdulkadir Haji Mohamed Yusuf, and state ministers Mursal Khalif and Ismail Ahmed Garas.

The trip marked Keita’s first visit to Somalia since she was appointed Assistant Secretary-General at the beginning of this year.

Keita’s visit to Jubaland came at a time when the federal member state is preparing for legislative and presidential elections scheduled for July and August, respectively. The UN and the African Union Mission in Somalia are aiding with preparations to ensure that the voting is free, fair and peaceful.

Prior to her visit to Kismayo, Keita arrived in Somalia last Wednesday and met Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and other top federal government officials on 15 June. The discussions focused on the participation of women in the country’s political process and economic reforms, and the relations between the UN and the federal government.

Keita said, “We discussed the vision around where the country has to be in the medium term, let’s say in five years’ time, and it has a lot to do with the political governance, so the establishment of federalism as well as discussions on the economic situation and particularly when to reach the decision point for debt relief, the HIPC (heavily indebted poor countries).”

Somalia is lobbying international creditors to cancel its foreign debt, most of which was accumulated prior to the outbreak of the civil war in 1991. The Federal Government maintains that debt relief will help the country invest its resources into reviving the economy and creating more jobs for its youthful population.

Keita expressed satisfaction with the state of relations between the UN and the federal government and said that cooperation will be further bolstered by the arrival of the recently designated Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General for Somalia, James Swan.

In her meeting with Somali women leaders, Keita urged women to fight for their rights and vote for female candidates who vie for positions of leadership in order to increase their participation in the country’s decision-making process.

Chairperson of the Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative Asha Abdulle Siyad appealed to the international community to continue supporting the women of Somalia in their quest for gender parity.

SOUNDBITE (English) Asha Abdulle Siyad, Chairperson, Somali Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI):
“In the constitution review that is happening now, we need to have an article that specifically says the minimum 30 percent (of parliamentary seats) should be (reserved for) women. Even if that is concretely written in the constitution, the implementation will not come easily. So that will be another challenge. We need a huge support from the international community, from our government and from federal member states and from every person in Somalia.”

Somali women activists have been lobbying members of the federal parliament to approve a pending electoral reform bill that would enshrine the 30 percent gender quota in the country’s future legislatures.

As a result of the 2016 electoral process, female representation in Somalia’s federal parliament rose from 14 percent in the outgoing legislature to 24 percent, but it still fell short of the 30 percent quota goal.

Keita also held discussions with representatives of youth groups, whom she urged to initiate a process that would help the UN and the broader international community to engage more effectively with young people on various issues concerning them.
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