Somali PM visits IDLO to discuss constitution

Rome, Italy - 1 February 2012 - IDLO’s Director General Irene Khan warmly welcomed the Somali Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, this morning at IDLO headquarters, where they discussed IDLO’s role in Somalia’s constitution–making process.

“It is a great pleasure to visit IDLO,” declared Prime Minister Ali. “This is a premiere institution that is supporting Somalia on its journey to peace and stability.”

“IDLO is committed to helping Somalia develop its constitution based on the specific needs of the Somali people,” said Ms. Khan. “This will lay the ground work necessary to promote national reconciliation, peace and development.”

Following his meeting with Italian Premier Mario Monti, the Prime Minister was accompanied to IDLO with a high-level delegation, including H.E. Nur Hassan Hussein, Ambassador of Somalia to Italy, General Mohamed Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Minister of Defense, Professor Abdirizakh Osman Hassan, Member of the Somali Parliament, and Abdirahman Omar Osman, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Over the past 30 years, IDLO has trained Somali legal professionals in areas such as development law, enterprise and investment law, legal frameworks for water resource management and joint venture agreements. IDLO has also implemented a series of technical assistance programs in Somalia, including projects to strengthen the justice system by enhancing the capacity of lawyers, judges and prosecutors and by supporting stabilization and peace through the strengthened judicial sector.

IDLO has played an important role in drafting constitutions in the African region, in particular in Kenya and South Sudan. Recently IDLO launched the implementation of a new program “Supporting the Constitutional Review Process (CRP) in Somalia,” financed by the Government of Italy.

The Prime Minister also requested IDLO’s advice on climate change, trade and development issues.