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Kenyan administration will train Somalia civil servants

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Kenya will embed Somalia civil servants in its public service ranks to facilitate their on-job training as part of its skills improvement support for the new government.

Foreign Affairs Ministers of Kenya and Somalia Professor Sam Ongeri and Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan respectively announced the plan in Nairobi on Tuesday during their closed-door talks.

The embedding will start as soon as the two countries revive the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) that was first signed in 2006 but has been dormant since then.

“The two countries are finalizing the modalities of signing a revised JCC.

The deployment of Somalia civil servants will start thereafter,” Ongeri told journalists in Nairobi.

Those to be embedded will mainly come from security, administration and peacekeeping sectors, the two ministers said.

But the Somali government will be free to make request for embedding across all the sectors.

Kenya has used a similar strategy to support the setting up of the civil service in South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country.

Kenya was also involved in supporting the establishment of the civil service in Namibia after the country’s independence in 1988.

The support for Somalia will further improve Kenya’s profile and influence in the Horn of Africa region.

The country is also using the expertise of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) to set up a similar market in the capital Mogadishu.

It was not clear how much Kenya plans to spend in the support but Ongeri hinted that the country will seek support of development partners to help financing of the capacity building project.

The European Union Commission has been one of the key supporters of the stabilization of Somalia and is expected to be one of key partners in the training of the Somalia civil servants.

Somalia elected a new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in August this year after the expiry of the transitional government.

The operations of African Union peacekeeping mission AMISOM, has helped restore relative calm in the country giving hope that the country will return to peace after more than two decades of clan wars.

The two ministers said their talks centered on how Kenya will help Somalia to consolidate its democratic gains and how the reconstruction efforts.

The Kenyan minister said Kenya’s engagement in Somalia will continue despite attacks against Kenya instigated by the Somalia terrorist group Al-Shabaab that wants Kenya Defense Forces to withdraw from AMISOM.

In addition to military operations, Kenya is the base for Somalia’s humanitarian coordination.

Somalia private sector has also been using Kenya’s business services infrastructure to carry.

The East African nation has been training Somali police.

Kenya is also hosting nearly half a million refugees from Somalia and has delayed their repatriation until the security situation in the country improves further.

“We want to make it very clear that our engagement with Somalia will continue and in fact we want to deepen our relations,” said Ongeri.

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