MOGADISHU, December 16th 2020 — Somalia has made significant momentum towards peace and sustainable development. Within the framework of the project “Agro-technology Development for Economic Growth South and Central Somalia’, UNIDO Somalia aims to boost private sector revival by supporting Somali businesses in starting, rehabilitating and upgrading their operations, while providing access to technology, markets and financing facilities.

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Group Photo — MoCI, AICS, IBS, UNIDO, COMFAR, EDUs. Credit photo: UNIDO

In this context, UNIDO Somalia, objective is to accelerate economic development and create jobs with market based technical skills development. One of the major component identified for support to the Somalia private sector and economy, is UNIDO’s Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis…


MOGADISHU, November 18th 2020 — Keeping workers in various Somali industries and sectors healthy and safe is crucial to protect public health and help businesses to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic — this is especially so as the cost of preparing the workplace and workforce for COVID-19 prevention is often lower than responding when infections and outbreaks occur.

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In this context, UNIDO designed a three-day programme on COVID-19 occupational health and safety training for Somali trainers, with a particular emphasis on the risks in Somalia’s most critical economic sectors — fisheries, agriculture and livestock.

The training was aimed at experts…


MOGADISHU, November 19th 2020 — Organized by Sealogy — the European Exhibition on Blue Economy — in collaboration with UNIDO in the framework of the Sealogy Digital Preview, the Blue Webinar “Development of sustainable fisheries in Somalia” took place on 19 November , advancing business cooperation and technological innovation for sustainable industrial development in the fishery sector of Somalia.

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Link to the UNIDO ITPO Italy Press Release

The online conference was moderated by UNIDO ITPO Italy Investment Promotion Expert Mr. Francesco Pallocca, and featured the participation of prominent local institutions and international organizations, illustrating current market trends and highlighting existing opportunities in the field. Panelists included Mr. Ygor…


MOGADISHU & ROME, September 29th 2020 — With support provided by UNIDO, more than 20 Somali companies took part in Macfrut Digital, the leading Italian exhibition in the fruit and vegetable sector — albeit electronically this year.

The Somali companies, assisted by the Entrepreneurship Development Units (EDUs) established by UNIDO in Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa, received more than 50 requests for partnerships from several countries, primarily buyers interested in tropical fruits and citrus, as well as technology providers in the horticulture sector.

The Somali virtual presence also included a video message to potential business partners from the country’s Minister of…


Baidoa, September 8th 2020 — Somalia has one the world’s biggest ‘youth bulges’ — that is, around 60 percent of its estimated population of some 15.9 million people is under the age of 30, according to the World Population Prospects, produced by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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The great number means a greater need to deal with challenges related to their education, employment and a range of other issues, including their representation in the political and government spheres.

Recent developments in Somalia’s South West State (SWS) indicate that there is progress in the latter.

At its…


MOGADISHU, August 25th 2020 — To unlock the economic development potential that Somali small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may represent for the growth of Somali economy, UNIDO has partnered with the International Bank of Somalia (IBS) in offering critical enterprise loans products to Somali private sector entities looking to diversify their operations, start-up a new venture or boost their productivity.

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At present, the credit availability in Somalia is either for micro-enterprises, which are mostly in the business of trading and service, or larger businesses with higher ticket size credit. According to UNIDO, there is clearly a missing middle which had to…


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MOGADISHU & ROME, July 22nd 2020 — As part of the ongoing project “Agro-Technology Development for Economic Growth in South and Central Somalia”, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) UNIDO has organized a “Technical Seminar on Fisheries Equipment and Cold Chain in Somalia”. …


MOGADISHU, June 24th, 2020 — The global impact of COVID-19 pandemic is still being analysed but preliminary reports clearly indicates that there will be major global economic slowdown with GDP growth rate of major countries that will go negative with massive business and job loss. It is to be expected that Somalia also will be impacted due to this global trend resulting in considerable implication over the country food security, GDP growth rate, balance of payment and trade. Furthermore, Somalia dependency on foreign contributions to its economy will considerably impact the country’s efforts towards a sustainable socio-economic stabilization. Global disruptions…


Somewhere in SOMALIA, JUNE 1st 2020 — Somalia faced three decades of conflict causing completed destruction of key economic infrastructure, large scale migration and stunted economic growth. This resulted in the existing SMEs to stop their productive activities and gradually shift towards trading activities. Years of isolation and instability made the SME sector to be regressive and losing capacity to support the development of productive activities.

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Italy-Somalia Business Forum — Mogadishu, 10–11 December 2019

In recent months, UNIDO in Somalia is implementing a strategic project, funded by the government of Italy and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Somali Chamber of Commerce…


MOGADISHU, May 10th 2020 — The federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the Somalia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and UNIDO are working together to understand the possible implications that a global supply chain disruption could have on Somalia and identify business opportunities in the production of basic food and non-food goods, which are currently imported, but that could be instead substituted by a localized low-tech, low-capital and easy-to-start production.
While MoCI and UNIDO had begun analysis in this area before the health crisis, the analysis is now focused on prioritizing the identification of opportunities in starting local production of essential food and non-food items.

Through the network of the UNIDO-supported Enterprise Development Units (EDUs), located in Baidoa, Kismayo and Mogadishu, the UN agency is keen to promote such business opportunities.

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