Published On: Fri, Feb 10th, 2012

Denmark opens Somaliland program office to support development efforts

COPENHAGEN — Denmark will open a bilateral program office in the breakaway Somaliland region of northern Somalia, the Foreign Ministry said here Friday.

The program is the first of its kind by a Western country in Somaliland, the foreign ministry added, in an official statement.

“The positive development we see there is fragile, and that is why the international community must support these developments right now,” Danish Development Minister Christian Friis Bach said in the statement.

Permanently staffed by two advisers in Hargeisa, the Somaliland capital, the Somaliland program office will focus on “security, health, and education efforts in cooperation with Somaliland’s elected local government,” Bach said

Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991, following a military coup there, and is not internationally recognized as an independent country.

It has made modest steps towards establishing rule of law, democratic governance, and a functioning economy in recent years, but large parts of its population live in poverty.

Somalia itself has been without a functional government since 1992, and is host to a number of terror groups, as well as pirates who target international shipping in regional waters.

Bach visited Somalia this week, where he announced a doubling of Danish development aid to the country, from 100 million Danish kroner (17.7 million U.S. dollars), to 200 million kroner (35.4 million dollars) per year, for the next three years.

He said a stable Somaliland could become a role model of progress for Somalia and the entire Horn of Africa, which, if stabilized, would curb piracy, terrorism, and flow of refugees.

Xinhua

Friday, Feb 10, 2012

  • Kayse

    Denmark is always on the right side of history and humanity. This is why everyone wants to live in your beautiful country. Maybe the office should also offer visas and PR documents for those who wish to seek life in Denmark without taking the risky journey of asylum seeking.

    Somalilanders applaud Denmark's leadership and welcome the office, whether its two manned or million, all that matters is Denmark, a champion in human right, social development and democracy knows Somaliland. Denmark should be a role model for Somaliland.

    • Stig Stevenson

      Thank you, Uncle Tom very nice boy.

  • Abraham

    Thank you Denmark. Indeed Denmark like the rest of the Scandinavian countries is a beacon of freedom, democracy, and social progress.

    • Stig Stevenson

      And Thank you very much Uncle Ben, very lovely boy.

  • I Jama

    Depicting Somaliland as part of Somalia again I see. Some are in for the longhaul.

  • abdi abdillahi

    danish goverment is taking a very positive step to show res t of the world how somaliland deserve to join international community after they fullfill all means needed from statehood and conditions .i hope some more countries willdo the same soon

  • Ahmed

    Viva Denmark. We welcome your support. It is muchly appreciated

  • Gobaad

    The Danish people are Racist and islamophobic they just want to curb the flow of refugees coming to denmark ,almost 90 % of somalis who use to live in denmark left for the Great Britain !

  • Mohamd

    There is nothing better than trying to improve the livelihoods of ppl in SL, but Denmark must realise that these ppls hands are tied due to the non-recognition issue. Just as the country is not recognised, their efforts will not be recognised and hence your Danish peoples taxes will be wasted due to lack of mutual respect for SL ppl.

  • ComeAgain

    Am I the only one sick of everyone running away from home? Thank you Denmark and lets work together to make Somaliland even better than Denmark so that we dont have to run away from our problems but face them and make them better! In the end that is what makes SOMALILAND DIFFERENT!

    We faced the tyrant beat him and now our new challenge is to build as close to a better society for our people as we can! Racist or not Denmark works for its people and we need to learn from the good things they are doing. Meel walba waxaa ficaan waa inaynu kaqadano!

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