UN: Somalia proposes grand development plan to rebuild social, physical infrastructure

New York, US (PANA) - Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has applauded
the international community’s role in helping Somalia emerge from a difficult past, noting that
a new Somalia is taking shape under the "grand development plan" that would help Somalis
keep building a better future.

"I want to tell you about Somalia. But a different Somalia from the one you might have heard
of. I am not here to challenge you on our notoriety as a result of a conflict that has spanned
two and half decades. However, please allow me to introduce another reality," Mr. Sharmarke
told the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday.

Mentioning the country's untapped oil and gas reserves, he stated: "My people are ambitious, we are survivors and, given the chance, we can drive forward the socioeconomic landscape of East Africa."

The PM said that "the Somali government wanted to ensure a free and fair election despite
the presence of an active insurgency, which we are risking our lives to dismantle."

He also raised the issue of Somali refugees and undocumented migrants living in temporary
camps, and urged the General Assembly to help the government find a solution.

On the lack of adequate infrastructure in Somalia, he said the public services that many
people around the world took for granted, "Somalia lacks completely, or has in very short

He announced a new "Grand Development Plan" for the country to rebuild roads, schools,
hospitals, community centres, ports, airports and markets, a plan that was aligned with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"The plan, which would be shared with the wider international community in due course,
would, among others, ensure accountability and transparency for every investment

"Each UN member state will have the opportunity to help transform Somalia into an
economic powerhouse and future trading partner," Mr. Sharmarke said.

On the insurgents who have controlled Somalia for four years, the PM noted: "We are looking forward to not only bounce back for our benefit, but to also become that shining example to nations that are now in the throes of hardship, nations that are working hard to move from third world to first, and to nations that find it hard to navigate the difficult but worthwhile road of recovery.

"Somalia has failed my generation, and I will dedicate my life to ensuring it does not
fail the next. But I cannot do this alone. Only together, can we be the Somalia the world
is waiting for."
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02 october 2015 18:46:13

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