The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has today opened a two week capacity building training for Somalia Civil Servants in Bujumbura bringing together 120 protocol officers, secretaries and administrators from various ministries of the Federal Government. Opening the workshop, the Minister of Youth and Culture of the Republic of Burundi, Honorable Jean Jacques Nyenimigabo expressed his country’s continued commitment to peace and stability in Somalia.
He said;” The Burundi government considers its support to peace in Somalia as a means of reciprocating the support Somalia gave us during the 1970’s especially aviation training for our military officers.”
The training which seeks to impart management and administrative skills to the civil servants is part of ongoing efforts by the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union to rebuild the country’s public institutions destroyed by two decades of fighting.
Speaking during the opening ceremony on behalf of the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, AMISOM Head of Political Affairs Unit, Ambassador Basile Gateretse said the training is in support of the Federal Government’s policy of reconstruction of state institutions.
“Somalia is currently undergoing positive economic and political transformation which needs not only financial and material support but also capacity building of its human resources. This training therefore is part of a programme to support capacity building for civil servants.” He said.
The training which has been funded by the Italian Government and being facilitated by the University of South Africa-Graduate School of Business Leadership follows a series of capacity building activities conducted by AMISOM including on-the-job training and mentorship in Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda based on priorities adopted in March 2010 during a successful Needs Assessment Workshop held in Kampala.