The speakers discuss how the international and regional community can best support the Somali government in implementing its plans, including outcomes from the London Somalia Conference.
H.E. Yusuf-Garaad Omar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Federal Republic of Somalia
Michael Keating, Special Representative, Secretary-General for Somalia; Head, United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for the Middle East and Africa, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Somalia’s recovery remains on track following the most extensive electoral process in the country for decades and the transfer of power to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’. Attention has turned to the new government’s priorities, which include: improving long-term security by reshaping the national security architecture; strengthening governance and political reform; responding to humanitarian needs and building drought resilience; and developing an economy that offers Somalis livelihoods, jobs and generates domestic revenue. Sustaining Somalia’s transition towards peace and prosperity will require an ongoing partnership with the international community and an increasingly coordinated donor response. The speakers discuss how the international and regional community can best support the Somali government in implementing its plans, including outcomes from the London Somalia Conference.