The Federal Government of Somalia and the EU are to co-host “The New Deal for Somalia Conference” in Brussels on 16 September 2013. The international conference will endorse the “New Deal Compact” that is to commit the Somali people and their international partners to a set of key priorities and new support for the reconstruction of Somalia over the next 3 years.
“The new deal compact is designed for fragile states. It’s a document enabling the [Somali] government to set out priorities to re-establish government in the country and the international community to commit itself to support those priorities,” Nick Westcott from the EU’s External Action Service said.
High Representative Vice President Catherine Ashton commented that the situation in Somalia has changed over the past year especially, with emerging governance at the local level. She sees the “New Deal Compact” as the framework for action of both the international community and Somalia over the next three years.
On the occasion, the key political, security and developmental priorities for Somalia will be presented to the international community. These are guided by the New Deal principles for fragile states (a framework for approaching fragile situations) agreed in Busan (South Korea) in 2011, where it was endorsed by the EU along with 36 countries, including 18 fragile countries, and 6 international institutions.