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Somalia: Major step in EU support to state-building

The EU and Somalia signed today an agreement to provide €100 million to the Somali budget over the next 2.5 years. These funds will support the Federal Government’s reforms to build a unified, federal state. Somalia is on a positive track towards stability and growth. The EU’s move to budget support is a token of the partnership with Somalia to develop a viable federal system and fostering long-term recovery. 

The date of signature coincides with the first anniversary of Somalia’s worst terror attack, which killed over 500 people in MogadishuOn this occasion, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “Today Somalia mourns. The EU pays its deepest respects to the victims and their families. To honour their memory, we must have the courage and conviction to help Somalia stay the course and deliver a brighter, stable future. Budget support is a bold act and shows the EU’s trust in Somali institutions. It gives the government resources to deliver reforms and build a unified State”.

The EU plays a leading role amongst the international community supporting Somalia. It co-hosted the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels in July 2018, when over €1 billion was mobilised to support the countryIn September, the World Bank also agreed $80 million pre-arrears clearance package. The engagement of the EU, IMF and World Bank will not only help accelerating national reforms, but also the process towards concessional loans and debt relief. 

The financing agreement signed in Mogadishu today is a €100 million package dedicated to Somalia’s state and resilience building, which will also support access to basic servicesUp to €92 million will go to the federal government through budget support. The remaining €8 million will support capacity building to the federal and states’ governments and oversight institutions.

The disbursement of funds will be sequenced and closely monitored through political dialogue, regular assessment of progress achieved against indicators and dedicated safeguard measures.  

The agreement was signed today in Mogadishu by European Commission’s Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, and the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khayre. Director-General Manservisi attended the commemorative event and met Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

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