Puntland and Somalia: The Year Ahead
President Farole will discuss his government’s response to the challenges facing Puntland and strategies to prevent a recurrence of this year’s devastation brought about by drought and famine. Since its inception, Puntland has developed into a relatively peaceful and prosperous part of Somalia, but the coming year will provide particular tests for both the region and the country. The Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu will reach the end of its mandate in August 2012, and Puntland is heavily involved in making plans for Somalia’s future. Piracy continues to be a major concern for Puntland and its international partners, and the drought and famine have overshadowed other positive developments in the region.