Somaliland – International partners have welcomed the continued progress being made towards achieving the Somaliland-specific goals as set out in the Somaliland Special Arrangement-SSA.This is per a joint communique by Government of Somaliland and International Donor community pertaining to the High Level Aid Coordination Forum of the 3rd and 4th November, 2014 held in Hargeisa where the partners also welcomed the strong partnership between the government, civil society, and international community while also noting that the enabling environment present in Somaliland, in particular with regard to safety, security and local engagement continues to provide a strong foundation for continued international cooperation.
Below are the verbatim excerpts of the joint Communiqué
Somaliland High Level Aid Coordination Forum, Hargeisa Somaliland
Joint Communique 3-4 November, 2014
Peace, stability, democracy and development has a regional and international dimension. Hence, our successes and our failures are matters of interest to the international community.
7th Somaliland Aid Cordination Forum particiapnts pose after their session
The seventh High Level Aid Coordination Forum took place in Hargeisa on 3 and 4 November 2014. This Forum which brought together Somaliland government, civil society and the donor community was a meeting among partners in a joint project.
The High Level Aid Coordination Forum represents the key platform for engagement between the Government of Somaliland and international partners.
The meeting was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Somaliland H.E Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Siilanyo) and co-chaired by H.E. Saad Ali Shire, Minister of National Planning and Development and H.E Geert A. Andersen, Ambassador of Denmark, Phil Evans, Head of DFID Somaliland and Somalia, and Sheikh Cisse, UN Resident Coordinator, a.i. It was attended by over 220 delegates from the Somaliland Government, members of parliament, and representatives from the civil society and the private sector. International participation included delegations from Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well representatives from Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Development Bank, the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and the NGOs Consortium.
Somaliland HLACF in Hargeisa
This was the second time in 2014 in which all the parties met to discuss the development needs and the ongoing partnership between Somaliland and the international community under the Somali Compact.
Discussions focused on progress achieved in Somaliland towards implementation of the New Deal Somali Compact, and specifically, the Somaliland Special Arrangement. Participants were provided with detailed updates on the actions taken in Somaliland in implementing key priorities within the areas of inclusive politics, security, justice, decentralization, economic growth, and revenue generation and service provision.