Italian government donates 2.4 million USD to Somalia

Mogadishu –  The Italian Government has this week contributed 2.8 million USD to Somalia under a United Nations (UN) agreement. The funding will support national governance and youth employment programmes ..

The agreement was signed during an event to celebrate Italy’s Republic day in Mogadishu. The document was signed by the Italian Ambassador to Somalia, Mr. Carlo Campanile, the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia, Mr. Mahdi Mohamed Guled and acting United Nations Resident Coordinator for Somaliar, Mr. George Conway.

The Italian contribution is part of the Italian Government’s strategy of empowering national Somali infrastructure and governance programmes, under the development and reconstruction plan for Somalia. Under this a further contribution of 3.8 million USD to increase access to justice and rule of law in the East African country will be signed in the near future with Somali authorities.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mahdi Guled, thanked the Italian Government for their continued support of Somalia. “This is clearly a manifestation of the Italian commitment to supporting the Somali people. Italy has been a longstanding friend of Somalia. The support will help important areas for development in this country, in infrastructure, youth employment, job creation, and in justice,” he said.

The Italian Ambassador, Mr. Carlo Campanile said: “The Italian cooperation and Development Agency considers job creation policies as an essential tool to promote social peace and stabilization, and as key to fostering human development and raising hope for the younger generation. Job creation, social protection, rights at work and social dialogue represent the main elements of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”