On 11 September 2014, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was a guest at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies’ Forum for Ideas. Thursday’s forum coincided with the second anniversary of President Mohamud’s election as a non-transitional president of Somalia.
The Prime Minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, was guest speaker at our latest Forum for Ideas, held on Sunday 3 August 2014 at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu.
Former Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke was a keynote speaker at HIPS Forum for Ideas on Monday 2nd of June, alongside Abdirahman Abdishakur, former Minister of International Cooperation, and Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hassan, an MP and former deputy Prime Minister.
The rift between the two top officeholders in Somalia, and the subsequent removal of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon ‘Saa’id’, has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the Federal Government of Somalia.
In July 2013 a Technical Committee was established to review the draft Media Law. This forum is one of many public consultations that will take place across the country, the findings of which will inform recommendations to the FGS Cabinet.
On 3 July, HIPS organized a Special Forum for Ideas with the Speaker Jawaari. He gave an audience of civil society actors an overview of parliament’s achievements, the challenges the legislature currently faces, and future plans.
HIPS has initiated a dialogue aimed at building trust between the donors, the Somali government and the Somali people through enhancing accountability and trust.