GAROWE-A graduate ceremonial was held in the capital of Garowe for 100 graduates, marking a successful completion following a six months course in business skills, a project supported by the World Vision office in Puntland.
The graduation ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Labor, Labor and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Puntland, representatives of Amal Bank, members of the SBCF Bank of World Bank as well as World Bank officials.
“The purpose of this event is to connect students who have studied business and credit institutions, including the Banking sectors and the World Bank,” said Sundus Dahir Osman from the World Vision project Office.
Puntland Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Abdirashid Shire Ismail and Deputy Minister of Trade of Puntland Abdirahman Hassan Yousuf who briefed the assembled graduates at the ceremony thanked the World Vision Foundation and the EU who funded this project.
“The Puntland government is giving a priority in enhancing the business skills of the businesspersons who want to create a business, and connect with creditors,” said Deputy Minister of Labor.
World Vision Somalia has worked with the children of Somalia, their families and communities since 1992 through a variety of emergency and rehabilitative programming to address the emergency needs of communities while addressing some of the underlying causes of vulnerability in those same communities. Among others in Puntland, it has been working on the facilitation and development of small businesses and strengthening the wellbeing of the community in Nugal region. The project has benefited hundreds of small families.
During the last 20 years, the programme has grown to 13 districts spread over four main operations regions, Puntland, Somaliland, Jubaland and South West State with a liaison office in Mogadishu.