Somalia: Politics and Government

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of political and economic progress in Somalia.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister of State, Department for International Development

During my recent visit in July, I saw the complex challenges that Somalia faces after more than two decades of conflict. Despite this, real progress is being made in reaching a political settlement, tackling the threat posed by Al Shabaab, and rebuilding the economy and the state. Credible elections next year will be a further important step forward. As one of Somalia’s leading international partners, we are doing everything we can to support the completion of the federal map, the electoral process, and the economic development of the country.

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