STORY: EU pledges $22m to Jubba Interim

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI
DATELINE: 22
nd
/JULY/2014, KISMAYO, SOMALIA

SHOT LIST
1. Wide shot, plane landing as EU delegation arrives in Kismayo
2. Med shot, EU delegation disembarks from plane
3. Wide shot, EU delegation received by the Jubba Interim Administration (JIA)
officials
4. Med shot, Ahmed Mohamed Islan, Jubba Interim Administration leader
5. Wide shot, Ahmed Mohamed Islan, Jubba Interim Administration leader
receives the delegation
6. Med shot, British ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan, Swedish ambassador to
Somali Mikael Lindvall and the Italian ambassador to Somalia Fabrizio Marcelli
in a discussion with the JIA leadership
7. Wide shot, Ahmed Mohamed Islan, JIA leader addressing the EU team
8. Wide shot, AMISOM sector Kismayo commanders attending the meeting
9. Med shot, British, Swedish and Italian ambassadors to Somalia during the
meeting
10. Med shot, JIA officials
11. Wide shot, Ahmed Mohamed Islan, Jubba Interim Administration leader
addressing the EU team
12. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) MICHELE CERVONE D’URSO, EUROPEAN UNION
AMBASSADOR TO SOMALIA:
“Today was an opportunity for the UK ambassador, Italian ambassador and the
Swedish ambassador and I with our teams to have very fruitful discussions with
leader Ahmed Madobe and his administration. We have discussed how we can
step up our efforts first on the political front. We reiterated our commitment to
support the efforts of Sheikh Adan Madobe in reconciliation and the formation of
the assembly and the overall implementation of the Addis agreement in terms of
security. We have discussed how we can support the efforts of security forces of
AMISOM in engaging in operations as well as how we can closely cooperate with
IGAD with supporting the whole demobilization and integration process of the
militias. ”
13. Med shot, British ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan
14. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) NEIL WIGAN, BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO
SOMALIA
“Here in Kismayo we expect to spend about $5 to $8 million dollars, we have
already committed $1.5 million dollars and we will keep working through that
and you can hold us to that promise.”

15. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) MIKAEL LINDVALL SWEDISH AMBASSADOR TO
SOMALIA
“And we do commit to work closely with you, so both directly here and through
the national channels out of Mogadishu as we spoke about earlier and we will
also make sure the message is received loud and clear there in the capital, for
increased consultations, be it development but also security and political issues.”

16. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) AHMED MOHAMED ISLAN INTERIM JUBA
ADMINISTRATION LEADER
“I am very happy that the most important thing we discussed apart from the
liberation of the Jubba region was the issue of the youth because I believe if the
challenges affecting the youth are addressed, then the entire community
problems will have been addressed too.”
17. Med shot, Jubba Interim Administration officials at the meeting
18. Med shot, the EU delegation and the JIA leaders during the meeting

STORY

The European Union and its partners are to extend funding worth $22m to the
Jubba Interim Administration, as part of the continued effort to support good
governance and the process of federalism in Somalia.

This was disclosed during a meeting between a delegation from the European
Union and the leadership of the Administration held in Kismayo on Tuesday
22/7/2014.

The visiting delegation was led by EU Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d'Urso
and included the British ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan, Swedish
Ambassador Mikael Lindvall and the Italian ambassador to Somalia
Fabrizio Marcelli, among others.

These held discussions with the JIA President Ahmed Mohamed Islan, 2
nd
Vice
President Suldan Abdikadir Mahamud Haji Yusuf as well representatives of
youth in Kismayu.

Speaking after the meeting, the European Union Ambassador to Somalia Michele
Cervone D’urso reiterated the commitment to support the federalism process in
the country.

“Today was an opportunity for the UK ambassador, Italian ambassador and the
Swedish ambassador and I with our teams to have very fruitful discussions with
leader Ahmed Madobe and his administration. We have discussed how we can
step up our efforts first on the political front. We reiterated our commitment to
support the efforts of Sheikh Adan Madobe in reconciliation and the formation of
the assembly and the overall implementation of the Addis agreement in terms of
security. We have discussed how we can support the efforts of security forces of
AMISOM in engaging in operations as well as how we can closely cooperate with
IGAD with supporting the whole demobilization and integration process of the
militias,” he said.

The British Ambassador to Somalia Neil Wigan noted that they would build on
the ongoing projects in Kismayo. “Here in Kismayo we expect to spend about $5
to $8 million dollars, we have already committed $1.5 million dollars and we will
keep working through that and you can hold us to that promise,” He added.

Mikael Lindvall, the Swedish Ambassador added that the partners will also
continue engaging with the Federal Government of Somalia to ensure clear
processes with the federal states.

“And we do commit to work closely with you, so both directly here and through
the national channels out of Mogadishu as we spoke about earlier and we will
also make sure the message is received loud and clear there in the capital, for
increased consultations, be it development but also security and political issues”
he said.

Ahmed Mohamed Islan, the Jubba Interim Administration Leader expressed his
thanks for the support being extended to the federal states, especially with focus
on key interest groups such as the youth.

“I am very happy that the most important thing we discussed apart from the
liberation of the Jubba region was the issue of the youth because I believe if the
challenges affecting the youth are addressed, then the entire community
problems will have been addressed too,” he said.

The funding is to support political processes including the ongoing formation of
the local Parliament, an economic stimulus campaign seeking to empower the
youth as well as boosting the education sector. The funding will go towards
supporting efforts towards improved security with projects such as the
installation of security, recruitment of 600 new police officers, construction of
new police stations and rehabilitation of the old ones, among others.
END.

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