Delegates from the EU, Sweden and Switzerland handover new office spaces to Jubbaland Civil Service Commission during donor visit

Jul 17, 2017

Delegates from the EU, Sweden and Switzerland cut the ribbon to hand over rehabilitated offices to Jubbaland Civil Service Commission. From left to right: Ms. Nimo Mohamoud Jirdeh, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Mr. Ahmed Hassan Abdirahman, State Minister, Office of the President, Jubbaland; Ms. Ulrika Jonsson, Embassy of Sweden; Ms. Safia Abdi, European Union; Mr. Atul Shekhar, UNDP; Ms. Elisabeth Loacker, European Union; Mr. Mohamud Sayid Aden, Vice President of Jubbaland; and Ms. Amina Artan, Aid Coordination Unit, Office of the Prime Minister, Federal Government of Somalia © UNDP

17 July Kismayo - Delegates from the European Union (EU), Sweden and Switzerland visited Kismayo, Jubbaland, last week as part of a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) facilitated donor tour. Jubbaland is a newly established state, formed as a result of Somalia’s provisional 2012 constitution which called for the creation of Federal member states as a path towards peace after decades of civil war.  As it is newly formed it lacks civil service infrastructure such as offices and equipment which would allow administrative staff to operate effectively.

The delegates officially handed over new office space to the Jubbaland Civil Service Commission, which were rehabilitated for the Commission’s use by UNDP’s Support for Emerging Federal States Project (StEFS). The project works in partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen state infrastructure and institutions, supported by funding from the EU, Sweden and Switzerland, along with Germany, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Japan and the UK.

The members of the delegation included Ms. Elisabeth Loacker and Ms. Safia Abdi from the European Union (EU), Ms. Ulrika Jonsson from the Embassy of Sweden (Mogadishu and Nairobi),  Ms. Nimo Mohamoud Jirdeh from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and Mr. Atul Shekhar from UNDP. They were received by the Vice President of Jubbaland State, Mr. Mohamud Sayid Aden, for a discussion in Jubbaland State House, before going on to attend the handover ceremony where the office spaces were handed over to the Deputy and Acting Chairman of the Jubbaland Civil Service Commission Mr. Aden Osman Qaloshe.

Contact information

Contact: Atul Shekhar, Project Manager, UNDP Support for Emerging Federal States Project (StEFS). Mobile: +252699390043