US pens new support agreement with Somalia

Somalia and US officials sign an agreement in Mogadishu on December 5, 2017 to support the former in good governance, economic recovery, education and health. ABDULKADIR KHALIF | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The US government has signed a landmark development deal with Somali to help the Horn of Africa state recover from years of war.

The Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG), signed in Mogadishu on Tuesday, will be implemented through USAid.

It is the first comprehensive bilateral accord between the two governments, according to USAid.

USAid Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa (DAA) Julie Koenen stated that the assistance would be decisive in advancing Somalia’s recovery.

“The US Government is committed to support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts in achieving stability through good governance, economic recovery, education and health,” said Ms Koenen.

“We believe that this agreement demonstrates our steadfast commitment to Somalia’s recovery and long term development goals,” she added.

Planning minister Jamal Mohamed Hassan and his Finance counterpart Abdurahman Dualeh Beileh signed the agreement on behalf of Somalia.

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Also present at the occasion was Mr Martin Dale, the US Charge d'affaires to Somalia.

“This agreement marks a tremendous moment for the US – Somali partnership, and underscores the US commitment to helping the Somali people realise their aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future,” remarked Mr Dale.

He also announced that since 2011, USAid has provided over $1.3 billion in humanitarian assistance and $328 million in development assistance to the people of Somalia.

Last week, Somalia and the Gulf state of Qatar signed a $200 million infrastructure and job creation agreement that will see the latter inject funds into the Horn of Africa country.

The funds will be utilised, among others, to build roads linking Mogadishu and the lower and middle Shabelle, respectively to the south and north of the capital.

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, who witnessed the inking of both funding agreements with Qatar and the US, underlined that the accords indicated that the international community appreciates progress being made by the Federal Government of Somalia.

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