Business thriving in new secure climate
Thanks to the intervention of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) relative peace has returned to Mogadishu, and business, construction and finance are thriving for the first time in 20 years, according to the documentary Somalia – A Nation Reborn, hosted on the African Union website.
AMSIOM, which was created by the African Union in 2007 in partnership with Somali security institutions, is primarily tasked with countering the Al-Shabaab threat and creating an environment where Somali political and social institutions can thrive. These efforts are bearing fruit – the documentary showcases small businesses that are starting to emerge and highlights substantial improvements in education and healthcare.
EU support central to success
These efforts have been made possible thanks also to the critical support provided by the European Union. “The European Union is central to all the activities and operations AMISOM undertakes in Somalia, through its African Peace Facility,” Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), says in the video.
The EU remains the main supporter of stability in Somalia. But support is not limited to funding - capacity building provided by the Common Security and Defence (CSDP) military training mission for Somalia (EUTM Somalia) since 2010 has also enabled Somali soldiers to be trained, which has tightening security in the capital.
These stabilisation efforts have ensured significant gains in governance and AMISOM has helped to prepare the ground for the establishment of federal government institutions at the regional level in Somalia.
EU Ambassador to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso notes in the documentary that, over the past three years, new administrations have emerged where there was emptiness before. “We have federal states which are being created, we will have elections. … The biggest achievement of AMISOM has been the creation of space for partners, not only the EU – all of us - to really engage and support the Somali people and institutions.”
Looking to the future
When the AMISOM mission ends it must leave a robust and strong Somalia in its wake and ensure that the country does not slide back into conflict. Here too, the EU has been working with all stakeholders to ensure a legacy of stability.
In conclusion, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud stressed that his country is resourceful, with many attractive opportunities. “We are building the legal framework for investment,” he said.