European Union (EU) has launched the Berbera Urban Development Project following ceremony in Berbera town in northern Somalia.
The launching event was graced by Ambassador Nicolas Berlanga Martinez, the European Union’s Ambassador, HVice President, Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail Saylici, Hassan Mohammed Ali, Somaliland Minister of Planning and National Development, Abdishakur Mohamoud Iddin, Mayor of Berbera, as well as the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, Somalia Country Programme, Ishaku Maitumbi.
The project will support inclusive and sustainable development of the coastal city through strengthening the capacity of the municipality in urban planning, improving the waste management system as well as stimulating employment and entrepreneurship for urban communities.
Ambassador Nicolas Berlanga Martinez underscored the significance of the project in terms of improved decent work and business activity for the residents of the city of Berbera with a particular focus on women, young people and those people living in the most vulnerable situations.
“This project will propel the city of Berbera to achieve sustainable development goals of building resilient infrastructure, promotion of industrialisation and innovation,” he said “The project will hopefully address the challenge to improve waste management not only in economic or operational terms but also considering the environmental and social impacts.”
On his part, vice President of Somaliland, Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail Saylici highlighted that the project will contribute the first goal of Somaliland’s National Development Plan II – which is to reduce poverty through increased economic opportunities and coordinated investment in youth, services, production and infrastructure.
The Vice President signaled that the government is giving top priority for the coastal development programs to create economic opportunities for the youth and women.
The Minister of Planning outlined that Somaliland’s continued development trajectory requires resources beyond its own revenues.