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| Tuesday, October 31, 2000 - 09:41 am |
Dear Fellow Somali: We so far from the truth about a nation building, yet this what i found about the somali nation and country. Every somali would see him/herself as a defender of the country. However, here we are tearing each other from lim to lim. Look how somalia lack any participation of global institutions:
Somali interests at regional and international organizations have not been represented for the past eight years. Regional organizations such as the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the Arab League, the Non Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) of which Somalia was an active and, in some cases, a founding member, underwent reorganization and overhaul.
The end of the cold war, globalization and the need for active and stronger regional organizations necessitated these changes. Today, Somaliaís seat in all these organizations including the United Nations General Assembly remain vacant. Any future government will find it difficult to have representations in all these forumss due to lack of resources, and skilled manpower.
UNDPís role during the post crisis stage will be to train Somalis to fill these positions, provide technical assistance and experienced short term consultants to advise the Somalis meet the challenges of the changing world.
Imagine a country with no central bank, several different bank notes in circulation, no hard currency reserves and no means to access international lending institutions. The latter is due to arrears not paid to the WB and IMF but expected without giving due consideration to the realities existing in Somalia today that will most likely prevail in the near future.
Furthermore, since all public institutions were completely destroyed, the financial resources required to restore and rehabilitate these institutions to a minimum basic standard will be enormous and hard to find.
UNDPís role in this regard will be to provide material and technical support to the government to enable the authorities negotiate with donors and other financial institutions for quick financial support. In this regard, the expectations of the future government will be so high that whatever UNDP provides might not be enough, given the dire situation that the country will be facing.
Please wake up smell the reality!!!
| Tuesday, October 31, 2000 - 02:05 pm |
WE WILL BE VERY LUCKY AND FORTUNATE IF WE GET A GOVERNMENT WHICH IS EVEN AWARE OF THE NEEDS YOU MENTIONED.IT IS SAD BUT TRUE,THEY WILL BE TOO BUSY STACKING PILES OF WESTERN DONOR CASH IN WESTERN BANKS.WHAT WE NEED IS ADVANCED MEN AND WOMEN TO LEAD SOMALIA ,NOT THESE GUN SWAYING STONE AGE BANDITS.