An open letter to His excellency Mr. Awal Arba Unde
The President of Afar Regional State
Pricey Mr President,
I hope you’ll agree with me after I say, the developmental lag and challenges of our area are primarily attributed to lack of management and good governance. This may’t be contested as a number of experiences and analysis findings assert that maladministration and poor management have introduced the Afar area to its present form and kind. I consider it’s as much as the present era of Afars to refuse to accept such disgraceful actuality and to search out methods to enhance issues. Because the previous Afar proverb says, it’s at all times greatest when enchancment begins from the highest. It’s with this motive that I’m scripting this letter to ahead few however essential ideas of recommendation to contribute to management rejuvenation in Afar area.
Mr President, we live in a really difficult time and collective management is required greater than ever. I’m of the idea that you just shouldn’t be left alone with the burden to determine on all regional affairs singlehandedly. Moderately, individuals want to supply help for, as a regional president, you aren’t anticipated to have information of every part. Nonetheless, you might be anticipated to encompass your self with useful resource individuals and professionals whose main accountability will probably be to assist the president in making key choices. Errors dedicated by key personnel like you’ve gotten far reaching penalties and advisors are the perfect individuals to seek the advice of with to keep away from making grieve errors. On this regard, please take into account establishing a “Council of President Advisors” that will help you simply formulate insurance policies, set growth priorities, and train your constitutional energy correctly. Amongst others, the advisory group ought to embrace Constitutional and Authorized Advisors, Enterprise Advisors, Improvement Advisors, Coverage Advisors, Communication Advisors and Peace and Safety Advisors. It’s my robust conviction that with a pool of such professionals, your management will obtain astonishing growth outcomes.
Talking of growth, I’m at all times puzzled by how a management of an impartial area with large land mass and wealthy pure assets attempt to sort out underdevelopment and not using a “Regional Development Plan”. So far as I do know, Ethiopia’s Afar Area doesn’t have a complete “Long-Term Regional Development Plan” wherein the way forward for the area’s training, well being, inhabitants, livelihood, politics, financial system and different points are mentioned intimately. Because of this, no person is ready to predict what the area will seem like after 5, ten, thirty or fifty years. Within the absence of such an essential doc, Afar area is sort of a crusing ship looking for its approach with out compass. Therefore, kindly take into account tapping into the information of the extremely certified diaspora Afar group or the assume thanks of the area to develop a Area broad Improvement Plan which can function the roadmap to the long run. Few years again, The African Union developed a 50-year continental plan for Africa referred to as “Agenda 2063”. Whether it is doable to plan for an enormous continent like Africa, why not for a area?
One other essential concern value mentioning right here is the truth that realizing growth comes with the precondition of securing a peaceable setting. The place there isn’t a peace and stability, it’s unattainable to comprehend growth for growth and lack of peace can’t coexist on the identical place. Given the present actuality, it is rather foolish waste of time, mood, and assets to attempt to develop the Afar area with out prevailing peace and order. Very often, the area been dragged into confrontation and completely different powers have continued to pose an existential menace on the residents of the area. And when underneath menace, armed forces aren’t solely important for offering safety and deterrence but additionally are probably the most potent manifestation of power. Due to this fact, earlier than considering of creating the area, will probably be very clever transfer to beef-up safety measures and enhance regional safety forces in measurement, coaching, gear, and experiences. By doing so, the area will even be discharging its constitutional mandate of building a regional regulation enforcement forces such because the police and particular forces. I perceive struggle may be very harmful and it ought to be averted at any price. Nonetheless, determined instances require determined choices and safety forces have to be used as a final resort to guard residents.
Furthermore, given the modifications presently going down within the area, I’d say it is rather essential to know the scenario on the bottom. Afar area is not the identical because it was once. Particularly after the arrival of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, issues are altering at a quick tempo. For instance, leveraging the widened political house, exiled political events akin to APP, ALF, and Ugugumo have returned house to advance a peaceable battle. Youth teams and social actions such because the Xukko Cina motion have emerged to problem the political status-quo of the area. Regional peace is deteriorating because of elevated tensions and conflicts over pure assets and territorial claims. #COVID-19 is attacking the area at its core and life with coronavirus has been the brand new regular. Therefore, with a purpose to responded to the unfolding modifications correctly, conducting a “contemporary analysis of the region” to know how and why change is occurring may be very well timed determination.
Lastly, I need to make it clear that my recommendation doesn’t come from a lived expertise as a Regional President for I don’t have such publicity but. Nonetheless, all of it comes from classes learnt throughout years of publicity to the worldwide setting, shared platforms with international leaders and years of management trainings attended at world class establishments. To this finish, I’m certain you’ll not resort to ignoring my recommendation as untimely determination. Better of luck Mr President.
Dawud Mohammed Ali 
Dawud Mohammed (MSc, MBA) is Lecturer of Enterprise and Improvement Undertaking Administration at Samara College, Chevening Scholar, UK, 2018/19, Mandela Washington Fellow, USA, 2015 IVLP Trade Scholar, USA, 2013

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