The much-awaited National Security Conference has kicked off in Baidoa, the interim administrative capital of Southwest, a Federal Member State in southern Somalia.

Reports reaching Radio Shabelle’s from the city indicated that security of Baidoa town has been beefed up with hundreds of forces deployed across the main streets.

Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi  Farmajo has officially opened the forum, which will focus on security issues, building the army and setting up policy agendas.

Leaders from the federal member states, the federal government and Mogadishu Mayor who have arrived in Baidoa town on Tuesday are attending the conference.

The national resources sharing will dominate the two-day conference in Baidoa city.