USAID Administrator Green visits Somalia

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In Somalia I was pleased to formally re-establish a USAID mission in Mogadishu. The first USAID mission there in nearly 30 years. The new mission symbolizes the strengthening ties between Somalia and the U.S. It also reflects the government of Somalia's commitment to peace, citizen responsive governance and expansion of economic opportunity. Their upcoming elections are a historic opportunity to enshrine the principles of democracy and to bring true representative government into play. Not just for now but for generations to come. I also saw firsthand the potential of Somalia's private sector at a trade symposium showcasing USAID supported small businesses. These inspiring Somalis were excited about the possibilities now open to them. They are the first generation of women engineers working in the energy sector in Somalia. USAID is proud to partner with these businessmen and business women and help them to build their capacity and expand their businesses. While Somalia's future has much promise it's also true that many Somalis these days suffer from severe food insecurity as a result of drought and conflict. While I was in Somalia, I announced 185 million dollars in humanitarian assistance to provide life-saving food, water and health care to Somalis in need. America is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to Somalia, and is proud to stand with the Somali people and their leaders. "Thank you. This is another step."

Last updated: July 25, 2019

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