1. The Director of the Institute for Practical Training and Research
in the Republic of Somaliland
, Dr. Ahmed Esa
, visited the Republic of South Africa from 9 to 14 August 2005, as part of the larger bi-lateral momentum to consolidate educational, political and economic ties between the two countries. Dr. Esa
responded positively to a call made by the University of South Africa
to Somaliland educational institutions, to attend the 1st African Council for Distance Education
(ACDE) conference, which was hosted in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria). At the inaugural ACDE Conference, which was attended by leading university Vice Chancellors from the continent, African education ministers and the Deputy President of South Africa, Dr. Esa contributed to the discussions on mobilizing African leadership, economic growth, capacity building, health and the organic link with education.During the ACDE Conference, Dr. Esa shared ideas on Somaliland's growth and growing challengers with a range of delegates, such as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Nuhu Yaqub, and the British High Commissioner, the Rt.
In this respect, Dr. Ahmed Esa
responded to invitations to appear on South Africa's
SABC Africa TV, and Channel Africa Radio programme Tam Tam Express.
This opportunity was also utilized to explore ways to initiate the exchange of radio programmes between South African radio stations and Somaliland
Issued by : Somaliland Liaison Office, Tshwane
(Pretoria), South Africa4. During his visit, Dr. Esa visited the headquarters of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and held discussions with its Director, Ms Elizabeth Sidiripoulis.
appreciation of the events and good research work of SAIIA
, such as the South African Yearbook of International Affairs 2003/04, and the The Security Intersection, which explores Somaliland's political and economic trajectory.Discussions also focused on ways to deepen Somaliland's parliamentary elections by possible joint capacity-building programmes between the South African Institute of International Affairs
and Somaliland's Institute for Practical Training and Research
was briefed on the programmes of the Academy of Self-Knowledge
and also addressed members of the South African Muslim Community at the Rasooli Centre mosque
5. On his
concluding day, Dr. Esa
addressed members of the Somaliland
community at the Suleiman Nana Memorial Hall in Johannesburg and up-dated the community on developments in Somaliland6. Finally, Dr. Esa made a courtesy call to Dr. Jandayi E. Frazer, the Ambassador of the United States of America to South Africa and newly appointed US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
...7. On his departure, Dr. Ahmed Esa expressed his appreciation to the Somaliland Liaison Office, in Tshwane (Pretoria), "for all the support extended to him, that made this visit valuable and possible".