The cornerstones of a new Somalia have been laid: President MohamudListen /
Somalia and other countries are still suffering and need the support of friends, allies and all members of the United Nations to come together to find ways to overcome all the challenges that exist in this universe, President Hassan Sheik Mohamud told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
He said the Compact signed in Brussels earlier this month, represents a paradigm shift in how the international community engages with Somalia. He said the New Deal will help Somalia preserve unity and sovereignty, lay a strong foundation for building reliable, transparent, and accountable functioning state institutions, respectful of the fundamental rights and freedoms and equality of its citizens.
” In just one year, the cornerstones of a new Somalia have been successfully and peacefully laid. We have made milestone achievements in security, public finance management, reconciliation, political outreach and laying foundations of good governance with appropriate legislations in place. The Federal Government of Somalia has now established the basis of a new public finance management system, which we believe will enable our donors to agree funding arrangements with the confidence that funds will reach their intended recipients.”
President Mohamud said the battle to fight against Al-Qaeda and its offshoots like Al-Shabaab in the Horn is far from over, adding that while Al-Shabaab is indeed a national threat, its consequences have negative impact to the region and the entire world, not just Somalia alone.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.