Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Norway strengthens cooperation with Somalia

“The Somali Government and Parliament are entering a decisive phase for the development of democracy and stable governance. This is why Norway is stepping up its engagement in the country,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.  

This week, Mr Holmås is the host for a high-level delegation from the Somali Parliament, which includes the Speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, and a number of committee chairs. Mr Holmås invited the delegation to Norway to study Norway’s experience of democratic governance. 

“The Parliament has a key role to play in democracy-building. The fact that the Somali parliamentary leaders have chosen Norway for their first visit abroad reflects Norway’s significant engagement in Somalia’s development,” said Mr Holmås.

Somalia has made important progress over the last year considering the more than 20 years of war and conflict it has been through. Nevertheless, major political, security and humanitarian challenges remain. It is vital to start building up social institutions, as there are almost none, particularly in the central and southern parts of the country. Functions that in most countries are undertaken by the authorities, such as education, health and infrastructure, are currently being provided by international organisations. 

“The Somali authorities must take responsibility for the Somali people, but they need international support to set the wheels in motion. They have neither the resources nor the expertise to administer the country. The President has therefore asked Norway to help to establish a temporary financial mechanism, and we will raise this question with the international community,” said Mr Holmås. 

Norway provided NOK 352 million to support Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa last year. Around one million Somalis have fled to neighbouring countries, and 1.3 million are internally displaced. 

Press contact: Communications Adviser Astrid Sehl, mobile phone: +47 922 84 752.

 

Related news

Latest news

World's fastest ROV? - Project ROST

Traditionally, all cleaning has been carried out from a workboat,

New regional manager takes the helm in key oil and gas markets for DNV GL

Elaborating on the differences in the energy markets which now lie under his new responsibilities in DNV GL,

DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

The recommended practice DNVGL-RP-F104 Design and operation of carbon dioxide pipelines, 

DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants

The test programme will investigate such aspects as hydrodynamic oil film formation,

ROV contracts in Brazil

The new contracts and contract extensions give 1 630 days of ROV services...

Steinsvik Secures a Contract for its First Concrete Barge

Steinsvik’s well-known steel barge design is now complemented by a new and innovative concrete barge design.

Searching for the best biological solutions

AKVA group’s biologists play a key role to ensure that the company’s technology not only meets fish welfare requirements, but also provides the best possible conditions for the fish.

Elisabeth Maråk Støle appointed managing director of Forskningsselskapet SørVest AS

Elisabeth Maråk Støle will take up her position on 1 April 2018 at the latest.

TIME SCALE

We are building chambers for tomatoes to grow in space. The aim is to give food to astronauts going to Mars.