Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

Somaliland:Position of the Somaliland Government on the Brussels Conference and New Deal

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While the Somaliland Government welcomes the decision of the international community to focus on and support our region, Somaliland has stood firm on its decision not to attend the New Deal conference for Somalia in Brussels. We have declined to participate in a conference that fails to engage Somaliland as an equal partner and recognize the democratic choice of its people, and which wrongly gives the impression that the Government of Somalia has the right to make decisions about our territory. The democratically-elected Government of Somaliland is the sole legitimate authority of the Somaliland people. No one has the right to speak on behalf of Somaliland at the Conference.

But the one-day event in Brussels should not distract from the larger significance of today. Today, Somaliland will enter a new stage of its implementation of the National Development Plan. At the conference in Brussels, the international community officially adopts a Special Arrangement (SSA) for Somaliland based on the global principles of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. The SSA will serve as the strategic framework for development partners to engage with identified priority areas of Somaliland’s National Development Plan.

The SSA was developed through a completely separate process from that supported by the international community for Somalia. The principles and priorities the guide the SSA were decided on by the Government of Somaliland, in full consultation with the Somaliland people. We have made clear to our development partners that Somaliland will not accept an arrangement that politicizes development assistance by using language that would weaken or undermine Somaliland’s pursuit for recognition as an independent state. We are grateful to our donors for respecting the wishes of our people, and agreeing to a development partnership that safeguards Somaliland’s unique status.

The international community’s endorsement of the SSA represents an acknowledgement by the international community that Somaliland’s impressive achievements in peace, security and democratization require developmental support that is specifically tailored to our priorities and governmental capacities, and which is owned by our people. To ensure ownership, the SSA puts in place mechanisms that guarantee that decisions over allocation of development assistance to Somaliland are alone made by the Somaliland government and its people, in partnership with the international community.

For that reason, the SSA promotes the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) established by the Danish and UK governments in 2012 as a means to ensure mutual accountability while establishing mechanisms for the Somaliland government to better lead their development process. The SDF is now fully operational, and as the preferred funding mechanism, Somaliland will encourage donors to join and scale up their funding of the SDF.

Through twenty years of statebuilding, Somaliland has laid the foundation for future transformative economic growth. The country is stable and peaceful; our children receive free primary education; we are expanding medical services and water distribution in urban and rural areas; and our citizens participate in regular democratic elections. Thanks to more stringent public financial management, increased tax revenue and more safeguards against corruption, Somaliland’s 2013 budget is the largest and most balanced in its history. The Somaliland government has therefore fostered an environment where aid can make a great impact, and in which our government shares primary responsibility over development activities.

But we cannot do this alone—we require significant support from the international community to realize the goals of the National Development Plan. Engagement with our development partners through the New Deal framework is major step in achieving this.

Ahmed Yusuf Elmi (Sudi)

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

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  • Gelle

    Whether the world community like it or not, Somaliland people, have decided to never again be forced to a failed marriage Somalia. Only the people of Somaliland has a final say in their destiny no country(ies) however powerful they maybe, can force Somaliland people to death chamber called Somalia.

    Long live Somaliland and its government.

  • NLander

    Right Gelle Somaliland is run by its people for its people. No one will speak for us other than our elected officials.

  • mohamed cheers

    Long live Somaliland and its competent Government to take care of the Nation's
    interests.
    Cheers.

  • Nationalist

    We Somalilanders should have the spirit of Self Reliance and we should live within our means that we generate from Tax and other development this will make us have full respect in the face of the World

    Can you tell me the reason why we have to beg to the International Community after destroying our own Country with our own hands and look to the International Community to reconstruct for what we have destroyed it is really a big shame. Shame to the Govt of Federal Somalia you should understand that Charity start from Home. Start to built your country by yourselves and the World Community will give you a hand for what you had started. my brothers of Federal Govt Wake Up and start moving..

  • hanad

    I wonder if this recognistion agenda is driven by handful self sevring elites same can be said about the FGoS.

  • Hamza-Nor

    Very nice written and it make much sense. I think the new FM of Somaliland is really competent.

    They should have more ministers like this!

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