The year 2011 was eventful year nationally and regionally. At national level Ethiopia has fully operationalized a Five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). Agriculture is the major source of economic growth, while particular focus was also given public investments that are crucial for a “private-based” market economy such as: health, education, infrastructure (electricity grid, roads), environmental management, information and communications, scientific research, and land for affordable housing, which are the targets of the government in the GTP.
At regional level likewise Somali Region of Ethiopia had remarkable 2011 year. With the leadership of President Abdi Mohamoud Omer, the region has implemented the renaissance plan or in Somali language called “Dibu Curasho” and here are the best of achievements of that any neutral should be tempted to have the gratitude to nominate President Abdi Omar the person of the year of 2011.
Peace and Security
Instability and insecurity of some parts of Somali Region was the Achilles heels of any regional president for the last 15 years or more, but unlike others President Abdi Omer has done a wonderful job to end an era of instability and peace insecurity in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. It is the first time in history of the region that it fully controlled and defined its territorial integrity and borders to stop any possible threats of “UBO” and Co.
Structural Adjustment of the Region
Another area that the region massively improved in the year 2011 was system of governance of Woreda/district administrations. Fifteen new districts were formed. This means new schools, hospitals, roads and other important infrastructure will be constructed for 15 districts. It will surely boost the regional economy in terms new job creation for the people.
In addition the Renaissance reform or “Dibu curasho” has fixed the vicious tribalism cycle problem. Ever since the decentralization of Woreda administrations implemented, the cabinet and the woreda heads were used to be nominated purely on tribalism. This resulted mal-allocation, miss allocation and miss management of resources, and hampered the civil service delivery as well as the development of the region in general for long period of time. But thanks to the renaissance reform or “Dibu curasho” which has provided a solution to the problem through swapping of the management personnel of the 52 districts. It is like the whole cabinet or some and head of a Woreda was changed to manage another district.
Fruits of the Diaspora Community of Somali Region of Ethiopia
President Abdi Omer had very successful tour to Ethiopian Somali communities in Europe and USA. It was part of government’s plan to establish good relationship with the Diaspora, break traditional stereotype barriers and convince the Diaspora- to come home, invest and contribute to the development of region and the country. This project has become fruitful sooner rather than later, today there are uncountable Diaspora owned investment projects going on the region. The most notable that highlighted 2011 was the high school built by Diaspora community at Bookh district and the likes.
Having said the above points, President Abdi Mohamud Omer deserves to be The Person of the year 2011.