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The conference that will be attended by various heads of states in the region is being co-hosted by the government of the UK and aims to provide international support for the Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict.
The London Conference on Somalia scheduled for May 7 will discuss among other things, the Horn of Africa country’s political stability, security, maritime situation, public financial management as well as justice and policing.
Other African Heads-of-state expected to attend the function include Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.
The UK and Somalia are inviting over 50 partner countries and organisations, including the UN, African Union, IMF and Somalia’s friends and neighbours around the world.
During the conference, the Somali Government will share its plans for developing the country’s armed forces, police, justice sector, and public financial management systems.
The international community is expected to agree how it will support the implementation of those plans and the Somali Government will outline how it intends to resolve the outstanding political issues within Somalia.
In addition, the Conference is expected to welcome dialogue between the Federal Government of Somalia and Somaliland to build trust and cooperation; endorse UN Security Council Resolution 2093 extending AMISOM’s mandate, and reiterate their support for the work of the African Union mission; endorse a UN Security Council Resolution mandating a new UN mission for Somalia, and reiterate their support for the work of the UN in Somalia.
The conference will further agree a package of support for Somalia on Preventing Sexual Violence; hear the latest on the Government’s maritime strategy; and emphasise the importance of the orderly and voluntary return of refugees to Somalia, and look forward to an event on this issue to be hosted by Somali, Kenya and the UN.
Somalia is emerging from more than two decades of conflict. Last year, Somalis in Somalia chose a new more legitimate parliament and Government. The Government has set out an ambitious plan, the Six Pillar Policy, for rebuilding the country.
Security has also improved with Somali armed forces and AMISOM, with the help of their Ethiopian allies, have recovered towns and routes from Al Shabaab control. The diaspora are returning. The economy is starting to revive.
Last year, the international community supported the end of transition through conferences held in London on 23 February and in Istanbul on 1 June.
This year, the new Government needs support if it is to bring about real change for the people of Somalia, and end the threats of terrorism and piracy, as well as the scourge of famine.