By Joel Savage
After years of political chaos and international unrest, the European leaders put everything aside, seeking political stability, peace and development in Somalia, hence leading to the press conference ‘New Deal for Somalia’ on Monday, September 16, 2013, in Brussels. The international community, led by the European Union, endorsed a three –year plan to establish Somalia as a functioning state, pledging to invest over I.8 billion Euros to bring a new face in Somalia after over two decades of political chaos.
High delegates and government officials present at the conference were the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Miss Catherine Ashton, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Miss Fawzia Yuzuf Adam, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Federal Government of Somalia. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and other high government officials outside and within the European Union.
In his opening speech Mr. Herman Rompuy quickly identified the significance of the conference on three particular elements, the hope for better future for Somalia, the European Union finding a lasting solution to Somalia’s problems and urging that to help Somalia to build a better future, they need security and better foundation to reconstruct the nation. “As secure Somalia, better able to maintain peace and protects its citizens, requires strengthened state security institutions to recover territory and provide basic safety.”
Mr. Herman Van Rompuy sheds light on the success of ‘Operation Atlanta’ with the support of the international Community to preventing and combating acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia. The mission launched with a focus on protecting Somalia-bound vessels and shipments belonging to the African Union Mission to Somalia.
The conference was one of the successful conferences ever hosted by the European Union and African delegates. Donors have pledged 1.8bn Euros ($2.4bn; £1.5bn) at the conference in Brussels to help Somalia end more than two decades of conflict.