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Ambassador Francisco Madeira’s Message on the 2019 International Labour Day

Mogadishu, 01 May 2019: The SRCC and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, congratulates the entire AMISOM personnel as they join their Comrades in Somalia, the Troops and Police Contributing Countries in celebrating the 2019 International Labour Day under the theme “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement”.

The AMISOM Family – Military, Police and Civilian components – has made significant contribution in degrading the capacity of Al-Shabaab in Somalia and brought relative peace and stability to the country. This has yielded significant peace dividends including allowing for the state-building process to thrive and elections to take place in Somalia.

In addition, efforts of the AMISOM personnel are contributing to the consolidation of the ongoing peacebuilding efforts, humanitarian, stabilization and early recovery activities. In the course of discharging our duties in Somalia, many young Africans have paid the ultimate price. The African Union, the people and the government of Somalia are forever obliged to these African heroes and heroines.

As we celebrate this year’s Workers’ Day, I urge AMISOM personnel to continue to play their part in ensuring a successful implementation of the “Somalia Transition Plan” (STP). I pay tribute to the leadership of the Troop and Police Contributing Countries for their unflinching Pan-Africanism and resolve to ensure that their troops and police officers continue to work shoulder to shoulder with their Somali counterparts to further degrade Al-Shabaab and other violent groups in Somalia, bring peace and continue to develop the country.

I congratulate the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States for their unrelenting effort to consolidate reconciliation through inclusive politics, resources sharing, security forces integration and the implementation of the “Transition Plan”.

I commend the Somali workers for their resolve to continue to strive for the social and economic development of their country despite Al-Shabaab violence and atrocities.

We note, with satisfaction, the interactions and engagements between the FGS and the Federation of Somali Trade Unions (FESTU) to initiate various policy and statutory documents which will afford further protection to the Somali workers.

I wish all AMISOM and Somali workers a happy and festive 2019 Labour day.

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