The Government of the United States, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a landmark Development Objective Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the Federal Government of Somalia in Mogadishu today. The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Ali Khayre, the Minister of Planning, Investment, and Economic Development, H.E. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, the Minister of Finance, H.E. Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh, the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa (DAA), Julie Koenen, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires (CDA) to Somalia, Martin Dale, presided over the signing ceremony.
The DOAG represents the first comprehensive bilateral development agreement signed between the U.S. government and the Federal Government of Somalia in over 30 years, and outlines USAID’s commitment to support activities that strengthen the foundation of a more stable, democratic and prosperous Somalia through support to democracy, governance, education, economic growth, and stabilization activities across the country. Activities funded under this Agreement will be implemented in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia.
“The U.S. Government is committed to support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts in achieving stability through good governance, economic recovery, education and health.” said DAA Julie Koenen. “We believe that this agreement demonstrates our steadfast commitment to Somalia’s recovery and long term development goals.”
CDA Martin Dale added, “This agreement marks a tremendous moment for the U.S. – Somali partnership, and underscores the U.S. commitment to helping the Somali people realize their aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future.”
Since 2011, USAID has provided over $1.3 billion in humanitarian assistance and $328 million in development assistance to the people of Somalia.