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  • IMF says Somalia on good track of policy reform
    23 september 2018 10:56:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Despite a difficult economic and political environment, the authorities in Somalia are building a good track record of policy and reform implementation, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that met with senior Somali government officials as well as representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors in Nairobi, Kenya, this week. Full text...

  • Somalia’s destiny lies in the hands of the people, highlights outgoing UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:36:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite remarkable achievements in Somalia in the recent past, structural challenges remain and continue to undermine the country’s security and political stability, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned. Full text...

  • WB says Somalia outpaces mobile money markets in Africa
    13 september 2018 17:34:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s economy is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3–4 percent, according to the third Somalia Economic Update (SEU) published on Thursday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • World Bank launches flagship infrastructure project in Somalia
    07 september 2018 15:44:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank have launched a flagship infrastructure project in the Horn of Africa country, Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, stating that it will be the first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery. Full text...

  • Over 204 people evicted from their homes in Mogadishu this year - NRC
    29 august 2018 07:04:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 204,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes this year, nearly double the same period last year, with many people made homeless multiple times, humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • Somalia has 'once in generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief
    21 august 2018 07:24:40
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Full text...

  • UN says future Somalia elections must not be ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls
    14 august 2018 06:31:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - In a report released on Monday, the United Nations has urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process. Full text...

  • Young Somali making inroads in digital space to transform the youth (Feature by UNSOM)
    12 august 2018 10:01:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - By his own account, Salad Yusuf Adow had an epiphany in 2015 that convinced him to launch his digital startup company, Danleey. Full text...

  • Former Somali goalkeeper, Mohamed, passes on
    30 july 2018 16:44:29
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Former Somali national football team goalkeeper, Ahmed Abdalla Moalim Mohamed, has died after a protracted illness, the Somali Football Federation has confirmed. Full text...

  • Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history', declares UN official
    18 july 2018 06:46:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels on Tuesday with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts. Full text...

  • UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia
    17 july 2018 06:37:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Speaking at the first day of the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on Monday, senior United Nations officials commended the country’s government for its efforts in political reform, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance – while flagging the need for further progress and international support for these efforts. Full text...

  • U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia
    09 june 2018 13:03:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A US special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel – including four American service members – wounded in an enemy attack in southwestern Somalia, according to US officials. Full text...

  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN
    09 june 2018 07:44:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo meets President Farmaajo in Mogadishu
    07 june 2018 19:56:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress Somalia has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process. Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Getting medicine to flood victims in Somalia, no matter what
    29 may 2018 19:58:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Recent flash and river flooding in Somalia has affected an estimated 772,000 people and displaced nearly 230,000 people from their homes, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    25 may 2018 05:11:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • UN, Somali Gov't seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations
    21 may 2018 04:30:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south. Full text...

  • Somali President promises to deliver new constitution before 2020 elections
    16 may 2018 18:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A three-day gathering on a new constitution for Somalia ended on Wednesday in Mogadishu with assurance from President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ that the Horn of Africa country will have a new constitution ahead of schedule – before the end of next year. Full text...

  • Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia
    16 may 2018 03:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July. Full text...

  • Somalia prepares to launch new national currency
    15 may 2018 18:26:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Somalia has obtained backing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to launch a new national currency which will replace the Somali Shilling currently in circulation, it was confirmed here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AMISOM trains Somali Police officers on communication skills
    08 may 2018 19:37:28
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) –Somali Police officers should have skills, knowledge and capabilities to make people know what the force stands for and they can do this by speaking out, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo has said. Full text...

  • UN envoy praises courage, dedication of Somali journalists on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2018 18:58:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday commended the courage and dedication of the country’s journalists who operate in one of the world’s most dangerous environments for media workers. Full text...

  • Almost 500,000 affected as devastating floods inundate central Somalia – UN mission
    01 may 2018 19:16:20
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - United Nations agencies in Somalia have stepped up their response in the wake of devastating flash floods across large parts of the country that have impacted nearly 500,000 people and displaced close to 175,000 from their homes. Full text...

  • UN Mission condemns suicide bombing in central Somalia
    30 april 2018 04:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the suicide bombing on Saturday that reportedly killed government security officers and civilians in the city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Breakaway Somaliland region jails female poet for Somalia unity calls
    15 april 2018 18:12:19
    Hargeisa, Somalia – A court in Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Somaliland on Sunday sentenced a female activist and poet to three years in jail for what it said was “endangering the region’s bid for independence”. ) Full text...

  • AMISOM deputy head urges military commanders to heed transition plan
    15 april 2018 09:48:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked military commanders of the AU peacekeeping force in the Horn of Africa country to implement the transition plan as per dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops serving in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Somali refugees in Kenya ‘things are gradually getting better’ back home
    14 april 2018 06:18:15
    Dadaab, Kenya (PANA) - Meeting residents of the world’s largest camp for Somali refugees ­– sprawling Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya ­­– the top United Nations official for Somalia has expressed his solidarity with their situation and highlighted the gradual progress made in their home country. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns terrorist attack against AU mission in Somalia
    05 april 2018 05:38:48
    New Yorl, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on 1 April perpetrated by the Al-Shabaab group against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union mission in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN demining agency promotes public awareness about explosive hazards in Somalia
    04 april 2018 16:21:10
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Many years of armed conflicts in Somalia have bequeathed a lethal legacy of explosive devices, including landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) which, according to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), affect marginalized communities in conflict-affected areas and along border regions. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • ICRC mourns loss of staff member killed in bomb attack in Mogadishu
    29 march 2018 17:04:52
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it was devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive. Full text...

  • Agriculture remains key to Somalia’s economic growth, poverty reduction - Report
    28 march 2018 16:35:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released on Wednesday a new joint report titled, ‘Rebuilding Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Somalia’, outlining the challenges and opportunities for Somalia’s agriculture sector. Full text...

  • IGAD raises concern over political tension buildup in Somalia
    27 march 2018 09:05:10
    Djibouti, Djibouti (PANA) - The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed concern over “the evolving new political tension in Somalia which threat to derail the significant progress registered in the past year.”Full text...

  • Former Somali president denied US entry under Trump’s travel ban
    26 march 2018 09:24:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been denied entry to the United States under President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, local Garowe Online news service reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Six killed in Mogadishu car bomb attack
    22 march 2018 15:12:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least six people have been killed and several others wounded in a massive car bomb attack outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday afternoon, according to local news service Garowe Online. Full text...

  • Massive livestock losses severely impact livelihoods, food in Somalia
    21 march 2018 16:27:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - In Somalia massive livestock deaths due to drought - 60 per cent of herds in some areas - have severely damaged pastoralists' livelihoods. Full text...

  • Somali army officer murdered by armed men
    21 march 2018 09:52:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Armed men murdered on Tuesday evening murdered Somali army Mohamed Hassan Issa, near his house, before running away, the local media have announced.Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • Measles campaign aims to protect drought-hit communities in Somalia
    12 march 2018 17:58:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia in response to several months of drought, which has raised the likelihood of a catastrophic spread of infectious diseases, local health authorities and UN aid agencies said on Monday. Full text...

  • Three injured peacekeepers recovering at AMISOM hospital in Somalia
    04 march 2018 10:37:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Three soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who were injured in a terrorist attack on Friday in Middle Shabelle region are reportedly recuperating, the AU peacekeeping force said in a statement on Sunday. Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted.Full text...

  • Five policemen killed in Al Shabaab attack in North Eastern Kenya
    02 march 2018 19:49:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan Police are in pursuit of an Al Shabaab operative, named Jamaa Nuh Abdille, who led an attack at the Fino Police camp in Mandera Friday, killing five border patrol Police officers and disabling telecommunication connection in the North Eastern region, Police said. Full text...

  • ‘Gains made in Somalia risk being eroded,’ warn AMISOM troop contributors
    02 march 2018 10:50:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from troop contributing countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have warned that gains made in the Horn of Africa country risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed. Full text...

  • Military chiefs from troop contributing countries urge more support for AMISOM
    01 march 2018 18:27:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Military chiefs from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have called for more support to enable the Mission effectively execute its mandate of securing Somalia. Full text...

  • Car bomb kills 3 at traffic checkpoint near Somali capital
    01 march 2018 15:47:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At least three people were killed, including a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Thursday, a local online news service reported, quoting a police officer. Full text...

  • AMISOM, Somali gov't reiterate commitment to eliminate Al-Shabaab
    28 february 2018 10:56:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Full text...

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