After a two-day high-level meeting on Somalia in Brussels, representatives of 58 countries and six international organisations are convinced that the Horn of Africa country is on the path to recovery.
The July 17-18 meeting was co-convened by Federica Mogherini, European Union Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom.
Ms Wallstrom told the forum co-chaired by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, that Sweden would double its development assistance and humanitarian aid to Somalia.
The participants, who took stock of political, economic and security reforms undertaken since the last Partnership Forum held in London in 2017, said all these are milestones that augur well for Somalia’s future.
The delegates also set priorities that need to be addressed over the next six to 12 months.
Opening the Forum, Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said the country had made progress since he assumed leadership in February last year, but cautioned his countrymen that they still face a myriad of challenges which must be tackled to achieve lasting peace and security.