Monday, March 1, 2010

UNDP delegations meet with President Rayaale

HARGEISA (Somalilandpres) — Somaliland President, Dahir Rayale Kahin, met today with delegations from the United Nations and other international development agencies in the presidential palace. They discussed development projects in Somaliland. The president’s spokesperson issued the following statement:

“President Dahir Rayale Kahin met today in presidential palace with a large delegations of diverse international organizations, which are planning to implement development projects in Somaliland.”

President Dahir Rayale pointed to the need to implant development projects in Somaliland in areas of job creations for the youth, water irrigation, health, education and providing emergency aid to areas affected by lasting drought. The president emphasized that the International community should not place Somaliland in the same basket with Somalia when it comes to funding development projects and aid. He added that Somaliland has enjoyed stability and shown commitment to democracy for the last 18 years.

Mark Bowden, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia led the delegations, which included delegation from the World Bank, the European Union and number of UN organizations. The delegations conducted number of meetings and discussion panels in Ambassador Hotel for the last few days, where they discussed current UN projects and implementation of future development and humanitarian undertakings in Somaliland. Around 100 people representing various government agencies, political parties and civil Somaliland organizations participated in these meetings.

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