Addis Ababa May 09/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has left for London, United Kingdom, to attend Somalia Conference 2017 that will discuss about the support the country needs to sustain the progress made over the last 5 years.
Heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners are expected to attend the conference.
Accelerating progress on security and the new international partnership needed to keep Somalia on course for increased peace and prosperity by 2020 are the major agendas of the conference.
It will focus on Somali’s security architecture that the federal government must agree with the federal member states, including what the future of the Women National Army should look like, and how to counter terrorism while protecting human rights.
In 2011, Somalia was unstable with large parts of the country controlled by Al-Shabaab. Famine had claimed the lives of a quarter of a million people. Piracy was rife, costing global trade 7 billion USD that year alone.
In response, the UK brought together the international community at the first London Conference in 2012.
From then on, Somalia's recovery gathered momentum, and a legitimate federal government was established in 2012. African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping forces stabilized large parts of the country and pushed Al-Shabaab out of key cities.
This year Somalia conducted a successful election which brought former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed to power.
Since improving security is vital to preventing the return of open conflict across Somalia and enabling broader political and economic development, the conference will discuss ways of accelerating the progress.