A map of the Horn of Africa nation of Somalia on the east coast of the continent. The state has undergone tremendous upheaval over the last three decades or more., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Somalia: Prime Minister Shirdon Signs Historic Agreement With Puntland
12 MARCH 2013
Somalia's Prime Minister Abdi Farah who is on a "listening tour" across Somalia has signed a historic agreement with the Puntland regional administration. The agreement details the relationship between the central government and the Puntland administration, and it was, signed by the Prime Minister and by the Puntland regional administration President, Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed 'Farole'.
The seven article agreement covers improvement of security, restitution of properties taken during the civil war from Puntland, facilitation of investment, introduction of the new currency, capacity building support to governance and the election system of Puntland, and the formation of the upper house in the federal state of Somalia.
Hailed by the Prime Minister as the first of its kind to clearly state each party's responsibilities and obligations to the other, it is the latest step in the central government's moves to bring the regions together. Speaking about his tour, Prime Minister Shirdon said "Yesterday it was Galgadud, today Garowe, tomorrow Galmudug. This Listening Tour is about uniting the country.
Today's agreement with Puntland is another major step, [involving] greater collaboration and trust-building: defining responsibilities, protocols, honoring agreements and respecting the federal constitution."