SOMALIA / BAIDOA ELECTIONS SECURITY ECONOMY

14-Oct-2020 00:03:46
On a visit to Somalia’s South West State Wednesday, representatives of some of the country’s key international partners highlighted the importance of the Federal Government and Federal Member States working together for the good of all Somalis. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / BAIDOA ELECTIONS SECURITY ECONOMY
TRT: 3:46
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS
DATELINE: 14 OCTOBER 2020, BAIDOA, SOMALIA
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1. Aerial shot, Baidoa, Somalia.
2. Various shots, helicopter landing at Baidoa Airport.
3. Wide shot, delegation disembarking from flight
4. Pan right, guard of honour by AMISOM forces
5. Tracking shot, guard of honour by AMISOM forces
6. Various shots, delegation walking and meeting President Abdiaziz
7. Various shots, Swan and delegation meeting the President Abdiaziz
8. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“In our meeting today with President Abdiaziz, we discussed the importance of continuing good relations between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States. We are encouraged by the revitalization of the dialogue between the Federal Government and all of the Federal Member States. This has included the series of meetings in Dhusamareb in recent months and consultative meetings in Mogadishu in September during which the agreement on the elections model was reached. We appreciate President Abdiaziz’s leadership at many stages of this process. The results of those meetings demonstrated what can be achieved when Somalia’s leaders come together in a spirit of consensus and collaboration for the good of the country. We urge the leaders to continue in this manner with the preparations for the national elections so that they are underpinned by transparency, fairness and inclusivity. This applies to all aspects of the electoral process, such as the formation of federal- and state-level independent electoral committees, the Dispute Resolution Committee and Elections Security Committee.”
9. Various shots, meeting
10. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“We also encourage Somalia’s leaders to extend their cooperation into additional areas, such as the constitutional review and other processes that can help advance national priorities, democratic reforms and essential freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. These are all key components of a lively democratic system that will allow Somali voices to be heard.”
11. Aerial shot, Baidoa
STORYLINE
On a visit to Somalia’s South West State Wednesday (14 Oct), representatives of some of the country’s key international partners highlighted the importance of the Federal Government and Federal Member States working together for the good of all Somalis.

“We are encouraged by the revitalization of the dialogue between the Federal Government and all of the Federal Member States. This has included the series of meetings in Dhusamareb in recent months and consultative meetings in Mogadishu in September during which the agreement on the elections model was reached,” said the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan.

“We appreciate President Abdiaziz’s leadership at many stages of this process,” he added, at a brief press conference in the interim capital of Baidoa following a group meeting with the President of South West State, Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed ‘Laftagareen.’

The UN envoy traveled to Baidoa with the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Ambassador Francisco Madeira; the European Union’s (EU) Ambassador to Somalia, Nicolas Berlanga Martinez; and, from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Head of Mission, Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim.

In his remarks, Swan said the results of the Dhusamareb and Mogadishu meetings demonstrated what can be achieved when Somalia’s leaders come together in a spirit of consensus and collaboration.

“We urge the leaders to continue with the preparations for the national elections so that they are underpinned by transparency, fairness and inclusivity,” the UN Special Representative said. “This applies to all aspects of the electoral process, such as the formation of federal- and state-level independent electoral committees, the Dispute Resolution Committee and Elections Security Committee.”

Swan also noted the importance of close collaboration to ensure security around the elections, and recognized the efforts of the South West State administration in this regard, despite persistent threats from Al Shabaab.

The partners also encouraged Somalia’s leaders to extend their cooperation further in areas such as the constitutional review and other processes that can help advance national priorities, democratic reforms and essential freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

“These are all key components of a lively democratic system that will allow Somali voices to be heard,” Swan, adding that the AU, EU, IGAD and UN will continue to stand with the people of South West State as they build a better future.

On the economic front, the international partners recognized the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of economic growth in South West State, and also underscored the importance of revenue collection and good governance for the future development of the state.
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