Somalia is getting a little help to turn things around. Somalia’s government and international donors will sign up to a three-year plan to rebuild the violence-torn country, backed by pledges of new funding that EU officials hope could reach more than one billion euros ($1.3 billion), reports Yahoo News.
The Brussels conference hopes to consolidate fragile security gains in Somalia after two decades of civil war and lawlessness triggered by the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991.
“We are beginning to see after 20 years of conflict Somalia pulling itself together,” Nick Westcott, a senior EU diplomat dealing with Africa, told reporters.
The 28-nation EU is the largest donor to Somalia. It helps fund the African Union’s Amisom peacekeeping troops, who have helped drive Islamist al Shabaab rebels out of Mogadishu and many other strongholds in central and southern Somalia.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and international backers will sign up to a “new deal compact” at Monday’s conference, committing them to a series of goals in the areas of inclusive politics, security, justice, economy and services.
Other international donors are also expected to pledge aid in support of Somalia’s reconstruction.
Some 50 delegations will participate in the meeting, including African countries, the United States, Japan, China and Gulf countries as well as EU states.