07 February 2020
Mr. Chair, Mr. President, Distinguished Governors, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a great honour and pleasure for me to address this statement on behalf of the Federal Republic of Somalia on the occasion of this 40th Session of Governing Council of IFAD.
First of all, on behalf of my government, I wish to congratulate Mr. Gilbert Fossoun Houngo, the New President of IFAD, and we look forward to collaborating with him for delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals in Somalia and across all the developing world. I wish also to congratulate Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze on a very successful tenure as President of IFAD in the past 8 years.
We acknowledge and greatly appreciate the continued efforts of IFAD in contributing to the long-term development of Somali rural communities through periods of crisis and vulnerability. We also welcome IFAD's planned joint collaboration with the Italian Government in rebuilding the irrigation networks in the Shebelle region, the bread basket of our country. We commit to providing our support to this initiative.
Mr. Chair, Mr. President and Distinguished Governors,
Somalia faced extreme vulnerabilities due to climate change, the protracted civil war, institutional instability, and now renewed threats from extremist organizations that attack the dignity of Somali lives.
However, there are also new opportunities in the horizon. A new dawn has come for Somalia. We have successfully elected H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, as the New President of the nation. We are all enthusiastic about his election because he is considered the President of the People. He has already displayed his ability and commitment to providing effective and visionary leadership to our country when he served as Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in 2010 - 2011. We are very confident about rebuilding the country's economy and society under his inspiring leadership.
Somalia experienced one of the worst humanitarian crises in the second half of 2011, with the immense drought that affected the country. While the country was recovering, we are again in the midst of a renewed risk of famine and drought, which could affect 4 in 10 households in the country. These recurrent risks undermine efforts to rebuild the economy and address long-term poverty.
Many lives are at stake during this crisis. We appeal to IFAD and the Governing Council to urgently address this emergency. We are looking forward to your continued collaboration with our new President and Government to establish long-term prosperity and development in Somalia.
Thank you for your kind attention.