Somalia: Two-day Cabinet Conference in Mogadishu Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed today opened a two-day Cabinet conference at Villa Hargaysa, centring on the priorities, implementation and delivery of the government’s 2014 Program.

The two-day working session is being attended by His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, H.E. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, H.E. Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman and all Cabinet ministers.

Opening the conference, the Prime Minister said: “As a country and government we face immense challenges that we must rise to and overcome.

“Over the next two days we will discuss and focus on implementing and ensuring delivery of the government’s ambitious program of reforms. It is by learning from previous successes and setbacks and by working together in a cohesive way as a government that we will ensure the Federal Government delivers our program for the Somali public.”

The conference is aimed at ensuring the implementation and delivery of the government’s ambitious program for 2014. Sessions will cover: best practice, working with Parliament, legislative timetable, prioritising legislation and the implementation and delivery of the government’s program.

Speaking at the conference, the President said: “We need to break the cycle, we need to shift the way we do government business and we need creative ideas of how Somalia can move forward with the 2014 Program.Golaha s

“Somalia needs the support of our international partners but we do not want the international community to do the work for us, instead work in partnership with us for the long-term. The solution must be Somali owned and led but to achieve that we have to believe in our own destiny.”

Addressing the ministers, the Speaker of Parliament, said: “A strong, respectful and communicative relationship between Government and Parliament is essential.

“Priorities for both Parliament and Government must include ensuring the Constitution is gender sensitive and passed, as well as legislating for political parties by June 2015 as a key step to national elections in 2016.”.