Third Workshop on Federalism for the Somali Boundaries and Federation Commission (BFC)

The Max Planck Foundation organised the third capacity building workshop for members of the BFC

On 28 November 2015, Foundation’s Somali Technical Advisors delivered the third capacity building workshop to members of the BFC in Mogadishu, Somalia. The workshop is part of a wider project to assist the Somali federalisation process through capacity building and technical assistance to the Ministry of Interior and Federalism Affairs (MoIFA) and the BFC. The Foundation implements the project with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.

In attendance were all nine members of the BFC, including the Chairman Mr. Khalif Abdikarim Mohamed, who officially opened the workshop. One of the fundamental issues facing the federalisation process in Somalia has been the establishment of smooth relationships between the Federal Government and emerging Regional Interim Administrations. In particular, boundary and other disputes among emerging Regional Interim Administrations have in some instances led to instability. The members of the BFC welcomed the discussions as timely and crucial. The members also raised important questions on the resolution of boundary disputes and disputes on the distribution of income from national infrastructure.