The U.S. government commends the collaboration demonstrated between the Kenyan and Somali authorities in securing action against the fishing vessel, Greko 1. The owners of the Belize-registered, Panamanian-vessel were fined for illegal and unreported fishing in Somali waters and have paid an amount of $65,000 directly to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS). The vessel was detained in Mombasa until payment of the fine.
On behalf of the United States of America and the Federal Government of Somalia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a bilateral agreement on August 30, 2016 to formalize support for educational development in Somalia. The USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, Linda Etim, the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz, the Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education H.E., Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, and the Minister of Finance H.E., Mohamed Aden Ibrahim, presided over the signing ceremony.
The United States Ambassador to Somalia Stephen M. Schwartz presented a copy of his letter of credence from President Barack Obama to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer on August 9, 2016, at a meeting in Mogadishu. The letter of credence formally designates Ambassador Schwartz to be President Obama’s personal representative in Somalia and entitles the Ambassador to speak on behalf of the United States Government.
The Alternative Basic Education for Pastoralists (ABE) activity aims to expand the provision of education services and improve development and stability in target areas in Somalia. ABE seeks to improve access to equitable, quality education for pastoralists and other marginalized children in the Jubbaland State of Somalia – an area of critical need. The target groups for ABE programs are children and youth (6 to 14 years old) who have been disconnected from school for significant periods of time or have never been to school.
While Somalia is moving towards more inclusive institutions and systems, most citizens have never participated in a direct election.
Bringing Unity, Integrity and Legitimacy to Democracy (BUILD) aims to support electoral and political processes across Somalia, including Somaliland, by fostering increased citizen participation; building the capacity of election management bodies (EMBs) and other relevant government bodies to administer credible elections; and supporting the development of issue-based and viable political parties.
Last updated: December 20, 2016