By Goth Mohamed Goth
H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo today at the Presidency received a high level American delegation led by Miss Linda Etim, the deputy assistant administrator for Africa and the U.S special representative for Somalia Ambassador James C. Swan.
During the closed door meeting two sides discussed issues covering such wide-ranging issues as security, commerce, politics, development, the enhancement of democracy in the horn of Africa and ways to strengthened existing diplomatic ties with America.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation Hon Mohamed Bihi Yunis briefing the media in a press moments after emerging from the closed door meeting said, “We had lengthy discussions in which they explored ways to enhance future bilateral relation between the Somaliland government and the American Government.
The United States Government special representative to Somalia Ambassador James C. Swan speaking during the press conference said, “It is indeed a pleasure and honor to be back in Hargeisa and this time I came with a very distinguished visitor form Washington, Ms. Linda Etim , the deputy director of USAID and its great to see our collogues from Washington accompanying us on a visit to the region in a bid to get a firsthand knowledge of the projects we support here in Hargeisa but also to have a very interactive and productive discussions with Somaliland government colleagues. We have had very fruitful discussion with the President Silanyo and members of his cabinet.
On her part Ms. Linda Etim USAID, deputy assistant administrator for Africa had this to say, “This is my first time in Hargeisa and the welcome has being wonderful, USAID has been in the country for quite some time now, what we discussed today was USAID committed to remaining in Somaliland and to grow and develop our relationship and we look forward to continue our partnership.
President Silanyo was during the meeting flanked by H.E Vice Abdurrahman Abdullah Ismael Saylac, Minister in Charge of Presidential Affairs Hon Hersi Ali Haji Hassan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Mohamed Bihi Yunis and Minister of National Planning Dr. Sacad Ali Shire.
Since 2010, USAID has invested nearly $50 million in Somaliland for a variety of sectors: community stabilization, governance, education, health, and economic growth. Over $14 million have been invested in USAID’s Partnership for Economic Growth program. In addition to financing energy activities, the program has also invested in the livestock and agriculture sectors as well as private sector development to promote economic stability.