Visit of Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister, to Kristalina Georgieva
On 21 February 2012 in Brussels, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, met with Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalian Prime Minister.
The EU has long supported the establishment of a peaceful and secure environment in Somalia. The EU encourages reconciliation, democracy and the development of governance structures at all levels. The critical goal is to deliver a new constitution, adopted by referendum, and to have democratically elected institutions by the end of the transitional period (2009). The EU also provides assistance to the Somali people, particularly the most vulnerable groups and aids in the reconstruction of the country. This is done by linking relief with rehabilitation and development and putting in place disaster preparedness measures. Restoring the rule of law through support of Somali-owned governance and security sector initiatives is another EU objective.
Priority is given to promoting a peaceful environment in which human rights are respected and democratic institutions can develop. Providing basic social services and creating an environment for sustainable and equitable economic growth will improve the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable groups. Gender, environment, HIV/AIDS and conflict prevention issues are mainstreamed into all issue areas. The private sector has managed to develop during the past turbulent decade and support needs to be given to ensure its continued growth.