Somali Region of Ethiopia: Where the Change Agents Have Come to Power. By Wali Haashi

Somali Region of Ethiopia: Where the Change Agents Have Come to Power
By: WALI ALI HAASHI,  former West Godey Project Manager and now Msc in Agricultural Economics student at KU, Thailand.

Since 1991 the government of Ethiopia has made tremendous efforts to ensure sustainable economic development, lasting peace and democracy to the country. Notably last decade Ethiopia registered a milestone development in health, education, infrastructure and other sectors. These results didn’t come by accident it came through long term will and commitment of current ruling party (EPRDF) leadership which implemented various political, administrative and financial reforms. The government successfully designed sustainable development policies, programs, and strategies (five year program for sustained and accelerated development to end poverty, implemented millennium development goals among others). According Andy McKay (an economist from Institute of Development Studies) economic growth is necessarily sufficient when it’s sustainable, sustained and inclusive. That is exactly what Ethiopian economic trend shows: continuous double digit growth, multi-sectoral and generated jobs.

Although there were development efforts going in Somali region of Ethiopia it couldn’t keep pace with rest administrative regions of the country when it comes health, education, infrastructure and  other sectors and the main reasons were anti-peace movements of former UWSLF (Union western Somali liberation front), ONLF (Ogaden national liberation front) and co.
Today there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the change agents have come to power, and they were born, educated and trained the best universities of the country and outside world.

Five things why the current crop of leaders of SRS will be successful
1. The popular acceptance of the people
When current president of the Somali region of Ethiopia was elected a few months ago people from all walks of life in the region applauded for him. That shows how much confidence he has from his people.

2. The peace agreements signed with UWSLF & ONLF
The armed movements of these organizations hampered the development of the region these agreements will bring to an end era of instability & chaos.  The region will surely benefit from the agreements, not only to accelerate development efforts but also to implement national development policies and strategies.

3. The human capital of the region
In the past the region didn’t have skilled, competitive and qualified personnel but now thanks to regional as well as national colleges, universities the region has qualified personnel though still we  fall short.
4. Diaspora community of Somali region of Ethiopia
The role of the Diaspora community is paramount important for the peace and stability as well as the alleviation of the livelihood of the people and development of the country in general.Little has been done in the past in terms of establishing rapport and good relationship in order to win their support but the current regional administration has given priority.

With leadership of president Abdi Mohamud Omer, already tremendous job has been done to make sure preparation of conducive environment so that Diaspora can invest, create job opportunities and offer their skills & know how for the government and their people.

5. The intimate relationship of the president with ministries and representatives of Somali region at the federal level. They share common goals and objectives that are:-betterment of the livelihoods of their people which is also good sign.

Having said above points as justification for my arguments it’s time for the current crop leaders to deliver what our people have been waiting for decades although, it asks a bit to give time until they blossom.

I will wind up this short writing with the following Chinese proverb “A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song”.

Wali Ali Haashi

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