Somalia launches 1st National development plan in 30 years

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After three decades the Federal Government of Somalia today launched the first draft National Development Plan (NDP) having successfully implemented the New Deal Compact for Somalia in the last three years.

“This is a major milestone for Somalia and its development agenda,” said Abdi Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, whose ministry prepared the draft. “The NDP is the strongest signal yet that Somalia has now entered a development stage after decades of state collapse and a shattered economy. The historic nature of achieving this momentous task, notwithstanding very limited state capacity, can not be understated.”

According to Minister Aynte the NDP covers three fiscal years starting 2017 to2019. He further added that the plan is compliant with global frameworks for poverty alleviation and economic growth (Sustainable Development Goals and the Interim Poverty Reduction Paper).

“Due to the unique nature of Somalia, this NDP is inclusive of politics, security and the rule of law,” said Aynte. “We must compliment and sustain the demonstrable progress made over the past three years under the New Deal Compact for Somalia.”

The NDP plan was done by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation consultations with state and local governments, as well as civil society, with special focus on women and youth groups, and the private sector.

“This is by far one of the greatest achievements of my administration,” said President Mohamud. “Our legacy will be that we were able to define our development priorities in a way that promotes tangible economic growth and resilient communities. The NDP unlocks Somalia’s economic potential by introducing innovative solutions to persistent impediments. ” said Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamu during the launch

The New Deal Compact which expires in 2016 was to set off Somalia on a peaceful road that was agreed upon and released in the Brussels Conference in September 2013. The Compact promised “a new political, security and development architecture framing the future relations between Somalia, its people, and the international community.” The agreement was backed by pledges of € 1.8 billion according to the report by New York University.

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