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Norway strengthens cooperation with Somalia

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Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“The Somali Government and Parliament are entering a decisive phase for the development of democracy and stable governance. Norway will be stepping up its engagement in the country,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

“The Somali Government and Parliament are entering a decisive phase for the development of democracy and stable governance. Norway will be stepping up its engagement in the country,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.  

This week, Mr Holmås is the host for a high-level delegation from the Somali Parliament, which includes the Speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, and a number of committee chairs. Mr Holmås invited the delegation to Norway to study Norway’s experience of democratic governance. 

“The Parliament has a key role to play in democracy-building. The fact that the Somali parliamentary leaders have chosen Norway for their first visit abroad reflects Norway’s significant engagement in Somalia’s development,” said Mr Holmås.

Somalia has made important progress over the last year considering the more than 20 years of war and conflict it has been through. Nevertheless, major political, security and humanitarian challenges remain. It is vital to start building up infrastructure and official institutions, as there are almost none, particularly in the central and southern parts of the country. Services that in most countries are undertaken by the authorities, such as education, health and infrastructure, are currently being provided by international organisations. 

“The Somali authorities are the duty bearers of their own people, but they need international support to set the wheels in motion. As of today they have neither the financial resources nor the technical expertise required to administer the country. The President has therefore asked Norway to support the establishment of a temporary financial mechanism, which we are working on developing in collaboration  with the international community,” said Mr Holmås. 

Norway provided NOK 352 million to support Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa last year. Around one million Somalis have fled to neighbouring countries, and 1.3 million are internally displaced. 

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