PRESS RELEASE: Puntland Government Statement on New Deal Framework

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Puntland Government welcomes the New Deal Conference for Somalia, hosted by the European Union in Brussels on September 16, 2013, as the New Deal provides the guiding framework for working partnerships in fragile and conflict-affected States.

Puntland recognizes the importance of the New Deal Framework, signed in Busan on November 29, 2011 in accordance with other international accords including the Paris Declaration and the Dili Declaration. The New Deal is a country-owned and led process that brings structural change to Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States and seeks clear roles and responsibilities for the affected States receiving the aid, in collaboration with Donor Communities and Development Partners.

Underscoring Puntland’s commitment, a Puntland ministerial delegation attended the New Deal signing event in Busan, South Korea, and a Puntland ministerial delegation also attended the New Deal for Somalia launch event, held in Mogadishu on May 14 and chaired by Somali Prime Minister H.E. Abdi Farah Shirdon.

Puntland will attend the New Deal Conference provided that it is given a special arrangement, in light of political divides in Somalia, Puntland’s decision on August 5 to suspend relations with Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), and Puntland’s obligations to uphold its constitutional rights and privileges enshrined in the Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC) of Somalia.

The Government has nominated a Technical Committee consisting of government officials, academics, experts, and lawyers – chaired by Puntland Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation – to coordinate with international partners and g7+.

The Technical Committee is preparing a Critical Priorities Document in line with Peace-building and State-building Goals to be a component incorporated into New Deal Compact for Somalia and the Document will be finalized after engaging in wide consultations with representatives from public and private sectors and civil society.

Source: Puntland State Government