SOMALIA / DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ITALY CONTRIBUTION

15-Jul-2021 00:03:32
The Government of Italy has made an additional (USD) 2 million contribution to fund the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) that seeks to boost job creation, access to economic opportunities for women and youth, development and strengthen governance to boost economic growth in Somalia. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ITALY CONTRIBUTION
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14/JULY 2021, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and other officials, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
2. Med Shot, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, attends the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
3. Med Shot, The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
4. Med Shot,The Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, attends the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
5. Wide Shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and other officials attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
6. Med Shot , the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, attends the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
7. Wide Shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, and the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
8. Med Shot, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, attends the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
9. Med Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, and the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
10. Med Shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, attends the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Khalif Abdi Omar, Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry:
“Indeed, the work of the PSDP is appreciated by the Government of Somalia, as it supports the public and private sectors together, and supports Somali businesses.”
12. Wide Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, and the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
13. Wide Shot, the Director of the UNIDO Agro-Business Department, Dejene Tezera attends through videolink, the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alberto Vecchi, Italian Ambassador to Somalia:
“Through a strategy of private sector development, the Somali authorities and their international counterparts can indeed play a very effective and productive way to increase access to the job market especially for women and youth. Employment creation and continuous dialogue between the federal government and federal member states on concrete issues represent essential elements for the full inclusion of Somalia in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Abdemoula, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator:
“Over the last three decades, Somalia has focused on humanitarian aid. With improved political and economic stability, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the objectives of aid towards achieving development goals. It is thus high time for rolling out development initiatives.”
16. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Dejene Tezera, Director of Tthe United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) Agro-Business Department:
“We hope that in the coming months, the PSDP will become one of the main platforms for addressing economic development priorities for Somalia, particularly in addressing productive sectors development.”
17. Wide shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
18. Med Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, and Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
19. Wide Shot, projected image of a Powerpoint presentation of the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia during the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to Somalia.
20. Wide Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, and Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
21. Med Shot, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, signs an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia and hands over the signed document to Kazumi Kawamoto from the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
22. Wide Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
23. Med Shot, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, and Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
24. Wide Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, attend the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
25. Wide Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, depart at the end of the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
26. Med Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, pose for a group photo at the end of the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
27. Med Shot, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Country Representative to Somalia, Ygor Scarcia, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Adam Abdemoula, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khalif Abdi Omar, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Alberto Vecchi, and the Director General of the Somalia Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Abdiaziz Ibrahim Adan, exchange pleasantries at the end of the ceremony at which Italy signed an agreement to provide additional funding to the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia.
STORYLINE
The Government of Italy has made an additional (USD) 2 million contribution to fund the Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) that seeks to boost job creation, access to economic opportunities for women and youth, development and strengthen governance to boost economic growth in Somalia.

On Wednesday (14 Jul), H.E. Ambassador Alberto Vecchi, Ambassador of Italy to Somalia, signed an agreement to grant a second funding contribution to the PSDP during a ceremony in Mogadishu. Under the programme, Italy will provide financing through the UN-Somalia Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

The Productive Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for Somalia is implemented through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The programme is implemented in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the federal Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

At the launch, the federal Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Khalif Abdi Omar, hailed the contribution by Italy. He added, in particular, this additional contribution of Italy to the programme would help expand the network of UNIDO and Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry backed Enterprises Development Units network, increase the numbers of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) having access to critical financing solutions while also boosting the role of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in supporting the development of productive sectors.

“Indeed, the work of the PSDP is appreciated by the Government of Somalia, as it is support to the public and private sectors together and the Somali economic growth potential,” added Minister Khalif.

Over the past few months, since the programme started implementation, the work of the PSDP team in support of the other line ministries has been remarkable. FAO and ILO, working respectively with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs have contributed, within the core areas of expertise and their mandates, to support incremental improvements of government and private sector contribution to the development of Somalia productive sectors for job creation and improved livelihoods for all Somali.

During the signing ceremony, the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, H.E. Alberto Vecchi, said the Italian Government’s provision of funding under the PSDP is in line with the Government of Italy’s strategy for international development in coordination with its multilateral partners.

He added that the Italian Cooperation, which is the development arm of the Italian Government, seeks to promote the concept of work as a concrete tool to enhance social cohesion, peace and stabilization as a prerequisite for human development to create opportunities for youth and other vulnerable groups.

“Through a strategy of private sector development, the Somali authorities and their international counterparts can indeed play a very effective and productive role critical to increase access job opportunities, access to those jobs, especially for women and youth,” said Ambassador Vecchi.

He added, “Employment creation and continuous dialogue between the federal government and federal member states on concrete issues represent essential elements to support Somalia achieve the goals as set forward in the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030”.

The Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, H.E. Adam Abdelmoula, noted that the PSDP sets the stage for economic development in Somalia and is a critical part of the Sustainable Development Agenda of the UN. The programme is fully aligned with the UN Somalia Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-25 and the 9th National Development Plan (NDP 9) of Somalia at large.

The goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda is, among others, to end poverty in all its forms, improve food security, promote entrepreneurship and Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises, achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. These efforts will create inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.

“Over the last three decades, Somalia has focused on humanitarian aid. With improved political and economic stability, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the objectives of aid towards achieving development goals. It is thus high time for rolling out development initiatives,” noted Abdelmoula.

H.E. Adam Abdelmoula continued “We can attain this goal through promoting sustainable livelihood, creating employment, providing access to skills development programmes, enhancing productive value chains, supporting demand-driven entrepreneurship initiatives, and facilitating access to finance by enterprises.”

Thanking the Italian Government for funding the first and the second initial phases of the programme, he invited more stakeholders and donors to join the programme and support UNIDO, FAO and ILO in their commitment to contribute to the development of Somalia productive Sectors.

Speaking from the UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, the Director of the UNIDO Agro-Business Department, Dejene Tezera said the agency would play a role in coordinating economic development programmes in Somalia.

“Today’s event is a testimony to what inter-agency collaboration has the potential to achieve. Through the PSDP, under the leadership of UNIDO, with FAO and ILO, the three agencies leverage their core areas of technical and specialized expertise to address constraints of job creation and access to economic opportunities, particularly for women, youth, and other vulnerable groups among the Somali society.”

UNIDO, after 30 years, opened a programme and representation office in Somalia, led by Ygor Scarcia. With relative stability in the country becoming evident towards early 2019, UNIDO took as its mandate to support Somalia economic growth. In particular, working on joint UN Programme, UNIDO brought its technical expertise to improve the employability potential of Somali youth, and through Italy funded Agrotechnology for Economic Growth project and later this flagship programme, the PSDP to work in building the productive sector in the country, reinforcing local capacities to support the provision of SME development services and to stimulate domestic investment through the technology sourcing and market access for the local SMEs.

The organization took initiatives out of its project deliverable contours in building synergies with other UN agencies and Federal Ministries.

“This whole sector approach aims to improve the resilience of food production systems in Somalia by lowering reliance on imported food and realizing the considerable growth potential in areas such as staple food and cash crops, horticultural and equitable fisheries production for local communities,” said Mr Ethienne Peterschmitt, the FAO representative in Somalia.

The UNIDO Representative in Somalia and Industrial Development Expert, Mr Ygor Scarcia, thanked the Italian Government for funding the programme, hailed the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry for the leadership and the other UN agencies for the close collaboration.

"The programme will create an enabling environment for Somali businesses, strengthening the government capacity and turn trigger job opportunities for all and economic growth in Somalia," said Mr Ygor Scarcia, UNIDO Representative in Somalia.
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