The implementation of the New Deal in Somalia took a new step forward at the Conference on A New Deal for Somalia held in Brussels on the 16th of September. At the conference Somalia’s New Deal Compact was endorsed by the Federal Government of Somalia and development partners with mutual commitments to support it’s implementation. The various stakeholders represented agreed that the best platform to achieve the goals of Somalia was the New Deal framework developed by the g7+ group and endorsed in Busan in 2011, specifically aimed at supporting fragile countries in transitioning towards stability. The communique from the Conference noted that “the compact ensures a clear focus on Somalia’s most vital political, social & economic priorities.” In his recent speech for the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud President of the Federal Republic of Somalia said: This compact represents a paradigm shift in how the international community engages with Somalia and I welcome this transformation whole-heartedly. The New Deal will help Somalia preserve unity and sovereignty, lay a strong foundation for building reliable, transparent, and accountable functioning state institutions, respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms and equality of its citizens.

 

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