The Federal Government of Somalia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a new cooperation agreement on Friday.
The agreement includes mutual interest to strengthen cooperation and to work together on migration issues to promote economic and social development.
The agreement was jointly signed in Mogadishu by Somalia’s Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Gamal Mohamed Hassan and IOM’s Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, Mohamed Abdiker.
It renews an earlier agreement signed between the two parties in 1983 which focused on implementing programs designed to reverse the impact of brain drain in developing countries like Somalia.
Planning Minister, Gamal Hassan highlighted the need for closer cooperation between IOM and the Government.
“The renewal of the cooperation agreement signifies the milestone thus far and reaffirms IOM’s commitment to work jointly on migration-related issues,” Minister said.
On his part, IOM’s Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, Mohamed Abdiker, highlighted the significant gains the Government and the people of Somalia have achieved over the past decade while stressing the readiness of IOM to support the Government in achieving its development goals, including its commitments to SDGs and the Global Compact for Migration.
IOM has over 450 staff across six regions of the country while providing life-saving humanitarian services to crisis-affected populations, promoting durable solutions to displacement for IDPs and returnees.