Monday 15 August SKA Development, an International NGO based in Mogadishu signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Somali Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The document was signed in person by the President and Chief Executive Officer of SKA International Group, Mr Mike Douglas and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Hassan Sharif Osman. The MoU outlines a number of shared aims designed to increase the skillsets of Somali workers in order to assist with employment opportunities and the promotion of a self-sustaining workforce.
The initial pilot project which will take place in September will be a book-keeping and basic accounting course in SKA Development’s Training Centre in the Mogadishu International Airport. This area of activity was selected as the first project as it is a desperately needed skillset in Somalia which will help Somali institutions and companies improve their financial accounting practices, increasing accountability and transparency.
Following the meeting Mr Douglas met with Somali Minister of Labour, Mr Abdiweli Sheekh Ibraahim Muudey who underlined the need for the MoU to be followed up by sustainable activity in order to promote the ‘Somali-ization’ of the workforce. Mr Douglas echoed this sentiment saying that SKA International Group had been in Mogadishu for over 6 years, being the first international company invited in by the Government to establish – amongst other things – a viable working airport. Whilst managing the airport’s activities SKA took great pride in the development of the local Somali workforce, (these skills still being in evidence today). “However???, stated Mr Douglas, “it is now time to formalise this, and signing the MoU is a great first step on the road to the development of a competent, skilled workforce with transferable skills, capable of taking Somalia forward in the future. It was time to ‘Give Something Back’???. SKA International remains one of the most prominent organisations in the Aden Addulle Airport covering a wide variety of functional areas.
Head of Mission in Somalia for SKA Development, Mr Clive Trott said that the book-keeping course would be the first of a number of initiatives which would, over time cover, construction, vehicle maintenance as well as power generation and even Information Technology.
SKA Development Group is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organisation wholly owned by the SKA International Group.