Solidifying the Somali State: Puntland's Position and Key Priorities
HE Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, President, Puntland State of Somalia
Chair: Dr Michael Walls, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit, University College London
There have been a number of positive developments from Puntland in recent years. Transport infrastructure is improving, the management of rich marine resources is strengthening and transparency in governance is establishing a greater degree of trust among the electorate. Such developments, however, have been assuaged by Puntland’s relations with its neighbours. An unresolved territorial dispute with Somaliland, as well as a freeze in relations with the Somali federal government until a recent agreement with Mogadishu halted plans to create a new federal state encroaching on Puntland’s borders, means that reconciliation and regional dialogue remains a key policy priority for the new government.
President Ali will outline the government's priorities, reflecting on the current status of relations with both Mogadishu and Hargeisa, and discuss Puntland’s place in Somalia after the 2016 national elections.
To enable as open a debate as possible, the Q&A session will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.