Meeting with Mr Ule Johansson/Swedish Chemicals Agency

 

Meeting with Mr Ule Johansson/Swedish Chemicals agency regarding the establishment of frameworks for chemicals in Somaliland

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Publicerat av Jonas Östgren · 56 min ·

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This meeting between Jonas Östgren and Ule Johansson from the Swedish Chemicals relates to an appeal that the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industries of Somaliland forwarded to Golis organisation for Saving the Environment and Swe-Golis together,  asking them , if Sweden could assist in financing and training chemical inspectors for Somaliland. At the present time there are no chemical inspectors in Somaliland, who can make an assesment how much the negative impact that these factories have on the development of the country, because factories are built in areas that are agropostoral areas. The Minister requested from Golis and Swe-golis if it is possible that Sweden can assist and train chemical inspectors for the Ministries of Environment and the Industries, so that they can be able to make impartial environmental assessments

Here is the background:

Meeting with the Minister for the Environment and Rurual Development

 

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The line ministry of Environment and Rural Development is the most important ministry of the government of Somaliland that Golis closely works with. Golis has met with different departments of the Ministry of environment and rural development. First Golis met with the Director General of the ministry and later on with other departments. At last but not the least, Golis has met with the Minister, Mrs. Shukri Haji Ismail bandore who is herself an environmentalist.  Golis and the Minister discussed on what has to be done about the tanning leather factories in Da’arburuq and Halaya that are pouring out toxic chemicals into the environment around them. Golis organization for saving the environment, the Ministry of Industries of Somaliland and the Board of the Industries want to make an assessment made by technical chemical experts on how much is the danger of these chemicals and to what extend the damage to the environment has reached as well as to see how much of the negative impact that these factories have on the development of the country, because these areas are agropostoral areas. The Minister requested from Golis and Swe-golis if it is possible that Sweden can assist and train chemical inspectors for the Ministries of Environment and the Industries, so that they can be able to make impartial environmental assessments

Golis is very thankful with the good reception by the Minister and the fruitful discussions between Golis and the Minister.

  • The Ministry has assigned two employee of the ministry of Environment to work closely with Golis, so that the cooperation and communication between the ministry and Golis to become fruitful and effective.
  • The minister asked Golis to assist and help with the Ministry staff with training and mentioned that the Ministry greatly needs environmental inspectors that can make professional and impartial environmental assessments of the industries that exist and the negative impact that planned industries can make to the environment. Golis promised that this request will be forwarded to Swegolis, which has that capacity to train chemical inspectors in the future for the Ministries of environment and Ministry of Industries which also need environmental inspectors.

 

Golis meeting with Somaliland industrial board of directors

Golis Diaspora project meeting with the Chairman of Somaliland industrial board of directors in his office at Hargeisa, Somaliland to discuss with him the deterioration of the environment of some the factories in Somaliland. The tanning leather factories in Da’arburuq and Halaya are pouring out toxic chemicals to the environment around them. Golisorganisation for saving the environment is pushing that the ministry of Industries and the Board of the Industries make an assessment about how much these dangerous chemicals are damaging the environment and how much negative impact that they have on the development of the country, because the areas where the factories is built is in the midst of pastoral and agricultural areas.

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Golis meeting with the Ministry of industry.

Golis met with the Minister of Industry, Mr. AbiibNuurDirie and we discussed with him about the production of some of factories in Somaliland wastes that will damage the environment and the need for a proper recycling. The minister was happy to receive Golis and promised that his ministry will cooperate and work with Golis about the protection of the environment. He promised also that he will instruct the Director General to arrange a workshop for the staff of the Ministry of industry and the Stakeholder of the environment, including Golis.

The agenda of the workshop will be:

  1. Discussion about recycling of the waste produced by the factories in Somaliland
  2. Discussion about general healthy safety, fire, accidents, hazardous material and environmental issues relation to the industry.
  3. To discuss ways to manage and control the plastic bags and plastic mineral water bottles, that constitute massively the biggest waste in the cities of Somaliland

 

 

 

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