On Tuesday the 14th of May 2013 the Federal Government of Somalia held a kick off event on the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. The event was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Somalia H.E. Abdi Farah Shirdon noting We are committed to collaborative and effective engagement with the international community and country-level stakeholders Presentations were given by fellow g7+ members Timor-Leste and South Sudan reflecting on their own experience of New Deal implementation. Key development partners including the European Union, the United Nations Agencies, Sweden and the World Bank made statements underscoring their commitment to support the Government of Somalia in New Deal implementation and a representative of Somalia’s Civil Society groups also offered their support to this process. Somalia intends to complete a Fragility Assessment and it’s newly formed Fragility Assessment Team presented their plans to those assembled. Video messages were also shared from the Minister of Cooperation Development, Denmark and Co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), H.E. Christian Friis Bach, the Minister of Finance, Timor-Leste, Chair of the g7+ and Co-chair of the IDPS, H.E. Emilia Pires and Jordan Ryan from the United Nations Development Program. (UNDP). With the strong participation of members of Government, members of Parliament, Civil Society and most of the Key Development Partners, and coverage by most of Somalia’s media, the New Deal Kick Off Event was considered a success. Somali Government gives green light to the New Deal process launched in Mogadishu today. Office of the Somali Prime Minister Tuesday, May 14, 2013 His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today gave the green light to the implementation of the New Deal process for Somalia on behalf of the Federal Government. Somalia embraced the New Deal process put forward by the g7+ group of 18 conflict-affected countries at a launch event attended by representatives of the EU, AU, UN, UNDP, and a wide range of diplomats and donors. The process brings together government, civil society and leading donors to bring structure to the aid and support Somalia receives. Aid effectiveness is crucial in fragile countries like Somalia, which is recovering from a long standing conflict. “We are committed to collaborative and effective engagement with the international community and country-level stakeholders,” said the Prime Minister at the launch event. “This will ensure sufficient representation of all individuals and organizations who can influence the New Deal implementation for Somalia. The New Deal process for Somalia has already been agreed by the Council of Ministers, the Parliament, international partners and local stakeholders including civil society, the media and the private sector, and we have given it the final green light today.” Prime Minister stated that the government will begin the process by establishing a taskforce to assess the causes and features of fragility and conflict. In this phase of work, fragility and resilience indicators will be identified to ensure that government can measure progress against peace- building and State-building priorities. “The government will undertake the first phase of the New Deal principle, which is a comprehensive fragility assessment. Each country is different, and many areas of the reforms described in the process are already underway in Somalia. We have already initiated the National Security and Stabilization Plan (NSSP) and reforms on Justice, Security, and Public Financial Management, which are key components of the New Deal principles.” Prime Minister underlined the importance of long-term and flexible support by international partners despite the challenges they face in structuring the aid plan. He also pointed out that aid fragmentation compromises long-term aid effectiveness and that it is necessary to have “one vision and one plan” for Somalia. “Somalia needs continued commitment from international partners and significant political support for an extended period of time. In this regard, we are advocating for a compact that focuses on a relatively small number of issues that can be achieved within the timeframe of the agreement,” Prime Minster said in his speech. Source: Office of the Somali Prime Minister

 

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