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STORY: AMISOM trains Somalia’s South West State finance

executives on strategic fiscal management


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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/ NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 27/NOVEMBER/2018, NAIROBI, KENYA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, Finance officials from Somali South West State Ministry taking
part in a training workshop on public procurement, taxation and strategic
management
2. Wide shot, AMISOM’s Civil Affairs Officer facilitating the training
3. Mid shot, AMISOM’s Civil Affairs Officer facilitating the training
4. Mid shot, Finance officials from Somali South West State Ministry taking part
in a training workshop on public procurement, taxation and strategic
management
5. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) DR. OPIYO ODODA, MISSION HEAD OF
STABILIZATION AND EARLY RECOVERY PROGRAMME
“We are working on the Somali Transition Plan with intent to capacitate the
Somali people to enable them to take charge of their country. Not only on
the military aspect, but also managing their finances, managing their
institutions and managing all their resources because we believe that the
solution of the problems of Somalia lies with the Somali people,” Dr. Ododa
Opiyo, the Mission’s Head of Stabilization and Early Recovery Programme
said in his opening remarks”.
6. Wide shot, Finance officials from Somali South West State Ministry taking
part in a training workshop on public procurement, taxation and strategic
management
7. Close up shot, Participant listening
8. Med shot, Finance officials from Somali South West State Ministry taking part
in a training workshop on public procurement, taxation and strategic
management
9. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) DR. FRED MUGAMBI, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF
THE KENYA SCHOOL OF REVENUE AND ADMINISTRATION
“It is my hope that by the time we are done with this programme, we will be
able to gain knowledge, the skills that are necessary to be able to increase
revenue for the Government and also to be able to have the skills that will
help us in mobilisation of resources and procurement”.
10. Close up shot, official from Somalia’s South West state’s Finance ministry
listening
11. Med shot, Dr. Opiyo Ododa flanked by Dr. Fred Mugambi listening
12. Close up shot, official from Somalia’s South West state’s Finance ministry
listening
13. Wide shot, official from Somalia’s South West state’s Finance ministry
listening
14. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) MOHAMED ADEN, PARTICIPANT
“This is a very important training. We appreciate the AMISOM civilian
department that prepared this training for us; and the Kenyan Government
for hosting us at the Kenya school of monetary studies. We expect it to be a
very important training that can develop the institutions of the Government
of Somalia.”
15. Med shot, participant listening
16. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) KHADIJA ILYAAS DHURRE, PARTICIPANT
“This meeting is very important to uplift the capacity of the staff and boost
their knowledge”.

STORY

AMISOM trains Somalia’s South West State finance executives on strategic fiscal
management

Nairobi, 28 November 2018 – At least twenty-three (23) officials from Somalia’s


South West State’s Finance ministry, are undergoing skills enhancement training in
public procurement, taxation and strategic fiscal management, at the Kenya School
Revenue Administration, under a capacity building program facilitated by the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in partnership with the Kenya Revenue
Authority (KRA).

The training which kicked off on Tuesday in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, aims to skill the
ministry staff with appropriate public procurement processes and revenue collection
mechanisms.
“As AMISOM, we believe this training will build and organize (your) systems, bolster
your knowledge and aspects that supports your mandate,” Dr. Ododa Opiyo, the
Mission’s Head of Stabilization and Early Recovery Programme said in his opening
remarks.

He hoped that the training would enhance the state’s “financial independence”, in
revenue collection and procurement. The South West State is one of Somalia’s five
Federal Member States.

Mr. Ali Abdi Adan, the State’s Director-General in the Ministry of Finance, said the
training would hugely impact on the state’s revenue sourcing, procurement and fiscal
governance. “We consider this training very important and we will make sure we
utilize the skills and knowledge acquired here, to build our capacity,” he pledged.
The acting Commissioner of Kenya School of Revenue Administration, Dr. Fred
Mugambi, emphasized the vital role taxes play in nation-building. He asked the
Somali officials to strive to be “public servants of integrity and loyal to the
government”.

To underpin the training’s importance in revenue collection, the KRA official cited a
World Bank report that indicated that while Somalia’s public expenditure expanded
five times between 2012 and last year, the domestic revenue as a share of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) was a mere 2.8 per cent.
The workshop he added, was therefore to enhance their “knowledge and skills to
increase revenue”, and resource mobilization.

The capacity enhancement training is part of AMISOM’s mandate to strengthen


Somalia’s governance institutions, during the transition period.
AMISOM has also supported the rebuilding of legislative and oversight skills of
Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Federal Member States, through various
trainings in Kenya and elsewhere.

The ten-day training will focus on procurement principles; planning and strategy
development; collection and processing of taxes and other revenue; administration
and enforcement of revenue collection; evaluation performance; accountability and
transparency in fiscal matters.
Noting that no country can stand on its own without a strong financial pillar, Dr.
Opiyo challenged the officials to use their positions to trigger development in their
state.

A participant at the workshop, Khadija Ilyaas Dhurre, expects to gain plenty of


knowledge she will take back home. “It’s a very important training for us, to uplift our
operations back in our state,” she said in an interview on the sidelines of the training;
which is being coordinated by Fadhil Karrar, AMISOM’s Civil Affairs Officer, and
Eunice Njenga of the Kenya School of Revenue Administration.

END