Somalia: The Government of Puntland holds annual retreat to review delivery of targets
Garowe, 28 December 2014
Chaired by H.E. President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, members of the cabinet, director generals, heads of departments and agencies, as well as other senior government officials met in a three day Government retreat in Garowe (27-29 December) to review the delivery of the 2014 Government Action Plan, set priorities for 2015 and gauge on strategies to improve performance and service delivery. The spotlight theme throughout the three-day interactive discussions which was broadcasted live on the local media for the public was about the delivery of the pledged Government agenda through a process of open transparency and accountability across all state institutions.
Described as the ‘’three-days of reckoning’’ by H.E. President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the Government retreat focused on reviewing the 2014 Government Action Plan, assessing progress, identifying challenges, priority setting for the upcoming year (2015), as well as, developing strategies to accelerate delivery on pledged political and socio-economic transformation in the next four years.
With targeted improvements in good governance, security, economic growth, infrastructure, healthcare, education, human rights, gender equality and democratization, the Government of Puntland aims to achieve the set ambitious agenda by the year 2019.
Achieving these objectives will require concerted efforts in on-going reforms (civil service, public finance, security and justice) improving revenue, enhancing human resource capacities and developing critical infrastructure to support development and economic growth.
The session was the first of its kind in Somalia and a demonstration of the change agenda pledge by President Abdiweli, to bring transparency and accountability to government in Puntland.