The 3rd Annual Diaspora Conference Of Somaliland

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Theme:  “Experiences of the Diaspora & the Situation at Home”

(Waayaha Qurbaha & Wacyiga Dalka).

Date: 2-3 August, 2016. 

Venue: Maansoor Conference Hall, Hargeisa.

Deadline for registration and submission of papers: 27th July, 2016.

Conference Language:  Somali.

Diaspora ConferenceSomaliland Diaspora Agency (SLDA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland is organizing the 3rd Annual Diaspora Conference under the theme “Experiences of the Diaspora & the Situation at Home.”

The Conference Aims & Objectives:

The 3rd Annual Conference of Somaliland Diaspora aims to bring together academic professionals and intellectuals from Somaliland Diaspora communities worldwide as well as investors and entrepreneurs of Diaspora individuals and groups and locals with successful business backgrounds, catalysts, business support organizations, national and international development partners, influential and prominent persons, cultural icons, educationalists, researchers and key government ministries; in order to provide a premier  platform the participants to discuss a variety of  important topics regarding the ways to successfully engage the Diaspora in the homeland development, identify the vital challenges impeding the Diaspora  participation in the investment  and the national development agenda and at the same time  come up with recommendations  for responsive measures in the sector and the migration development in general. Marking of a National Diaspora Day   is also put as an agenda for this conference. The conference recommendation on marking the day will be submitted to the President who will issue a decree on declaring the National Diaspora Day   first time in the history of Somaliland

The thematic areas for discussion include Diaspora unity, Investment, utilizing the Diaspora expertise and knowledge transfer, services to the Diaspora, challenges to the Diaspora engagement, role of the Diaspora in the national recognition seeking strategy and other relevant topics.

Methodology process of the conference

The Conference will be held on tentative dates (August 2nd – 3rd 2016). Throughout the two days, the conference will combine a variety of engagement platforms, plenary and panel discussions break-out sessions, themed exhibitions, more networking will take place and opportunities for more interactions among participants will be encouraged also based on the review feedbacks of the previous events’ participants.

Call for submission of research papers:-

SLDA is calling for the interested participants to submit their research papers on the following topics or other topics incorporated with these and relevant to the conference theme – aims and objectives:-

  1. Strengthen the Diaspora Unity;
  2. Improve the Diaspora Investment in homeland;
  3. Capitalizing the Diaspora knowhow and human resources;
  4. Services to the Diaspora;
  5. Marking the National Diaspora Day and the ways to make benefit of the event in the annual celebrations of the day;
  6. Enable active Diaspora role in the recognition seeking strategy;
  7. Formation of National Diaspora Policy & Strategy;
  8. Participation of the Diaspora Participation in the NDP and the required mechanisms for evaluation.

The research papers must be submitted to the email kamaldin.abdullahi@gmail.com before the deadline 27th July. Only the research papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed by the Conference Planning & Organizing Committee and contacted for selection or rejection.

Somalilanders of both locals and Diaspora who have business ideas are also encouraged to apply to attend this conference and present their business ideas to the conference if their areas are accepted for presentation on reviewing by the Conference Committee.

  Participant registration process:

Registration of participants is going on at SLDA Office in the Compound of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland in the service hours of 7:30 AM – 1:30 AM. Participants will be registered in accordance to the selection criteria set up by the Conference Planning & Organizing Committee. The Applicant will be verified with his/her foreign ID with photo (Passport or other identity) for being a Diaspora member. The registered applicant will also take the foreign ID with him/her to the venue on the event day to again help the Organizers make sure the right person registered is attending the event and will then be handed with the Official Participant Card. Such verification with the foreign ID is also suggested for our security precaution.

Interested applicants of Somaliland Diaspora coming from abroad and who confirm their participation by contacting kamaldin.abdullahi@gmail.com will also be registered, be notified of updates and contacted for further details by the Organizing Chair.

Only the applicants who visit the office and get registered or who in other way confirm their participation if coming from outside before the deadline 27th July will be registered as participants for this conference.

 For further details, please contact the below Organizers:

  1. Kamaldin Abdullahi, Tel: 063 3679686    Email: kamaldin.abdullahi@gmail.com or
  2. Fatima Mohamed,        Tel: 063 3870396    Email: fatimahamed@hotmail.co.uk

Criteria for selection of participants:

The Conference Planning & Organizing Committee made the following criteria for the selection of the participants required to attend this conference:

  1. Investors, catalysts and business support organizations;
  2. Professionals and intellectuals;
  3. National and international development partners and
  4. Influential personalities, activists, volunteers, faith leaders, cultural icons, educationalists and researchers

Members of the Conference Planning & Organizing Committee:

SLDA assigned a group of professional Diaspora members to assist in planning, organizing and preparations of this conference including the below members:-

  1. Kamaldin Abdillahi, Chairperson
  2. Farah Abokor Khaireh, member
  3. Ayan Osman, member
  4. Ali Egeh Du’ale, member
  5. Ahmed Hussein Abbi, member
  6. Ali Aden Ahmed (Ali Haruuri), member
  7. Sahra Mohamed Abdi (Sahra-warabe), member
  8. Abdirashid Barkhad, member
  9. Khadra Ali, member

 

SOME FURTHER DETAILS OF THE THEMATIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:

 

Not limited to the below but include the following:-

Diaspora Unity:

There is a necessity in overcoming existing challenges that impede Diaspora unity e.g Community governance, coordination between the communities. There are efforts to re-establish the Diaspora forum and ultimately engender a united front. A United Diaspora community will exponentially magnify capability and lead to efficient use of Diaspora resources.

Investment

In order to facilitate and/or solicit increased investment from the Diaspora there is a need to address the limiting constraints. One constraint is Diaspora confidence in the Somaliland investment environment. There is a need in awareness building in the legislative, financial and human resources capacity of the country. Where deficiencies exist, there needs to be clear evidence and/or action plans in place to mitigate deficiency. A well informed Diaspora with confidence to invest is our expectation of this objective. Advancements in banking and investment regulations, developments in insurance and other factors that contribute to the diaspora trust will be presented. The Minister of Somaliland Trade & Investment will deliver a paper on the Somaliland Investment Environment.

Capitalizing on Diaspora intellectuals

Diaspora contribution to Somaliland’s developmental aspirations spans, policy, financial, education, cultural etc. The purpose of this objective is to derive the potential tangible contributions offered by the Diaspora. Specially in addressing poverty reduction, reducing inequality, quality education and clean energy to name a few. Further papers on the proper utilization of the professional Diaspora knowhow and experiences are encouraged for accommodation in discussions or as part of the conference outcome paper to be published.

Services to the Diaspora:

The Diaspora needs a wide variety of services when they return home and when living abroad as well. Provision of the required services to the Diaspora is a vital contribution to the Diaspora engagement in the homeland development. The inefficient or absent service deliveries for the Diaspora and/or all citizens at home will be identified, it is expected to recommend responsive solutions. One stop-stop-shop for assistance with investment and/or incorporation showcase success stories, available potential, Diaspora data management systems and other relevant topics incorporated with these will also be covered.

Diaspora role in the recognition seeking:

Somaliland MOFA considered the importance of mobilizing the Diaspora and enabling them in the recognition seeking strategy, consequently implemented formation of Diaspora Recognition Committees in all countries with significant Somaliland Diaspora. At this early stage, there are certain committees who have acted well with mutual collaboration and cooperation between the committees, and the respective representatives established such as in Sweden. The best practices of certain committees and papers on proposed strategies aligned with the state foreign policy and public diplomacy strategy will be presented.

 Integrating the Diaspora engagement in the National Development of Somaliland:

The Planning Department of the Ministry of National Planning & Development will elaborate the process of reviewing the ending NDP, the new NDP 2016-2021 development and Somaliland Vision 2030, the strategies and opportunities to engage the Diaspora in the national development plan implementation as well as the consideration of mechanisms to evaluate the Diaspora contribution in the NDP that to be put in place in cooperation with SLDA.

 Marking National Diaspora Day:

Somaliland Diaspora Agency in consultation with Somaliland MOFA proposed marking of a National Diaspora Day and the idea has been agreed to put as an agenda in this conference for more discussions of  the merits of  conducting an annual week-long celebrations as the National Day of  Somaliland Diaspora Day in which information sharing and acknowledge of knowledge and experiences, Diaspora awareness in the local potentials and fundraising efforts will be undertaken under the theme selected each year.

 Foundation for the Next Somaliland Diaspora Annual Conference 2017:

This year’s conference is also intended to serve as a foundation for the next year’s conference and calling for the research papers of the same thematic areas as this year, the alike and the relevant topics before July 2017. This is to allow more enough time for the researchers and the educators to prepare the topics and make submission before the deadline next year Insha Allah. The suggested research papers SLDA is calling for the next year conference is not limited to the following but include:-

  • Culture/language divergence across the communities;
  • Acclimatizing the Diaspora to become conscious investors;
  • Sensitization of local communities to recognize benefits of advocating for Diaspora investment;
  • The best practices for Diaspora engagement and migration development and the lessons learned from successful countries in the Diaspora engagement and migration management;
  • Enable active Diaspora participation in the recognition seeking strategy and the Somaliland public diplomacy implementation;
  • The beneficial schemes to unite the Diaspora contribution to the national development and to the Diaspora trust building;
  • Improving the Diaspora remittance flow;
  • The key issues that influence and affect the success and failures of the Diaspora communities living abroad as individuals, families and community;
  • Role of Somaliland ambassadors in mobilizing, mapping and engaging the Diaspora in the homeland development;
  • The appropriate approaches of mapping and registration of Somaliland Diaspora population;
  • Strategies and initiatives to introduce more professional Diaspora volunteerism in the public service delivery;
  • Complications of the migration and the Diaspora on the societal and economic aspects and the foreseeable consequences in the long term;
  • Addressing the root causes of the migration and the youth at risk; END

Source: Somaliland Diaspora Agency

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Somaliland

Hargeisa, Republic of Somaliland

5th July, 2016, sldiasporaagency@gmail.com

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