Members from Somalia’s government and representatives from the European Union have met on board the EU Naval Force Portugal-flag ship NRP Alvares Cabral to discuss how to strengthen maritime security and economic development in Somalia.
As a result of the meeting, Somalia and the EU will co-host “The New Deal for Somalia Conference” in Brussels on Sept. 16, 2013, to further promote progress and change in Somalia. The conference will endorse the “New Deal Compact” that will commit the Somali people and their international partners to a set of key priorities and new support for the reconstruction of Somalia over the next three years. The initiative is part of the “New Deal for Fragile States” framework, which commits national and international partners to jointly deliver on the most critical political, security and socio-economic priorities.
“The situation in Somalia has been transformed over the past year,” said Catherine Ashton, high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy for the EU, in a written statement. “There is now a real atmosphere of activity, emerging governance and hope.”
“It is therefore more important than ever that the international community makes good on its promises of support for the Somali people,” she continued. “This joint event, co-hosted by Somalia and the EU, will establish the ‘New Deal Compact’ as the foundation of the international community and Somalia’s mutual commitment to a three year plan that can deliver peace, security and development to all Somali people.”
“All Somalis must seize this opportunity to galvanize international support to aid our recovery,” added Somali President Hassan Sheik Mohamud. “We have this one chance to ensure that over the next three years we build on the momentum of progress and remove any threat of a return to anarchy and conflict.”