The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs in collaboration with Mercy corps organize a two day event to be funded by the USAID aimed at bringing together the various stakeholders to discuss the Somaliland Youth Development Fund which will for the first time to be used in implementing National Youth Policy which was launched by President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo recently.

The two day event which held in Hotel Mansoor attracted cabinet ministers, intellectuals, civil societies, University students and the various stakeholders and to be facilitated by Mercy Corps staff is to be focused on the implementation of Somaliland National Youth Policy bill that was recently approved by the cabinet and which will be for the second time expected to be approved by cabinet to be followed by Presidential approval which hence pave the way for the bill to be adopted as a law.

The Chairman of SONYO Mr. Mubarik Ismael Thani speaking at the opening of the two day said, “The Somaliland National Youth fund will play an important role in alleviating the status of the youth in the country through the economic enablement of Somaliland youth and that Somaliland National Youth Organization (SONYO Umbrella) will plays its role in mobilizing and empowering young people in Somaliland, the youth fund expects to draw 2% from allocation the national budget and which will administered by a national committee which will be appointed by President drawn from governmental agencies, International agencies will  be tasked with implementing the national youth policy and representatives from the ministry of Sports and Youth.

The Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hon Ali said Regal speaking at the opening ceremony of the two day event said, “Today is an important day for the youth in this country in addressing the needs and priorities of the youth in form of the support the current government offers and which are vital in mobilizing young people in Somaliland in order to engage with development issues and the Government is now taking a deliberate step to address the challenge of youth unemployment and I would like to  announce that soon the national youth policy bill will for the second time brought before the cabinet for approval as you’re aware H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo has already  donated $ 100,000 towards the  youth development fund.

The Youth Affairs Minister refuted allegations leveled against SONYO in social media outlets recently terming them baseless and unfounded.

The State Minister of Education and Higher learning Hon Ahmed Nuur Faahiye and the Deputy Minister of interior in charge Hon Abdullah Abokor and Mercy Corps representative Mohamed Ali Jama were among the few dignitaries who spoke at the event.