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UK, Denmark and Netherlands approve agreements with Somaliland Government on critical infrastructure to improve people’s lives

Hargeysa, July 5, 2020 (Haatuf) – Under Phase II of the
Somaliland Development Fund (SDF2) programme, the UK, Denmark and the
Netherlands have approved four agreements with the Somaliland Government to
improve critical infrastructure to support economic growth. These projects were
prioritised by Phase II of the Government of Somaliland’s National Development
Plan, and will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across
Somaliland. The new agreements, supporting projects on roads, agricultural
facilities, water systems and fisheries will spur economic growth benefitting
the region and helping contribute towards a stable, peaceful and resilient
Somaliland while improving its resilience to future pandemics through enhanced
water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

These projects include:

Project 1:Rebuilding of Burao–Sheikh-Berbera road in
Togdheer and Sahil regions

The rebuilding of the Burao to Berbera road will include
82km of full asphalt concrete overlay, the resurfacing of bridges and renewal
of drainage systems. Improving connectivity between Somaliland’s port and its
second largest city will reduce travel time and costs benefiting the 50,000
members of the public who use this road regularly and contributing to economic
development by enhancing service delivery and boosting trade, particularly in
the livestock, agriculture, and fishery sectors.

Project 2:Sustainable
land management in Awdal and Maroodijeh regions:

The project will improve the agricultural production of
small farmers through soil and water conservation, research, extension and
farmer training. This project will target the agricultural areas of Durdur Ad
Upper Catchment in Awdal and Maroodijeh Upper Catchment in Maroodijeh.

Project 3: Support to the Hargeisa Water Agency,
supplying water to the people of Hargeisa.

The SDF2 will continue its support to the Hargeisa Water
Agency (HWA), which supplies clean water to the people of Hargeisa. This
project will allow HWA to extract an additional 4,000 m3 of water each day from
Laasdhure aquifer. This project will increase the water available in Hargeisa
by more than 20%, to 23,000m3 per day – enough to meet the needs of an
additional 200,000 people.

Project 4: Construction of Maydh fishing jetty in the
Sanaag region:

The Maydh Jetty will improve interconnectivity by sea
between Berbera and the 750,000 people living in the hinterland of Sanaag and
parts of Togdheer, spurring regional economic growth as well as facilitating
the transport of fish to markets. This support will boost food security,
employment and incomes.

The British Ambassador to Somalia, Ben Fender, said:

The UK is committed to supporting Somaliland lay the
foundations for sustainable economic growth. We are announcing today a set of
major infrastructure investments in four sectors across Somaliland. We will be
upgrading the road from Burco to Berbera, supporting agricultural production in
Awdal and Moroodijeh, increasing by 20% the water in Hargeisa, and building a
jetty in Maydh to enable exports from Sanaag and Togdheer. These projects will
improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by creating jobs and
unlocking the region’s economic potential. At a time of huge challenges for
Somaliland, including tackling COVID-19, this demonstrates the UK’s commitment
to the people of Somaliland.

The Danish Ambassador to Somalia, Mette Knudsen, said:

Denmark warmly welcomes the approval of these four
important SDF projects and the solidarity shown by the Government of Somaliland
and SDF donors to identify priority needs, ensure regional and sectoral
balance, and align SDF investments with the priorities of Somaliland’s NDPII.
The investments are particularly timely in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic
and its economic effects that are only just beginning to emerge. We are
confident that these investments will have catalytic effects to spur
Somaliland’s economic development and to help support and sustain Somaliland’s
economic recovery from this terrible pandemic.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Somalia, Frans Makken,
said:

The Kingdom of Netherlands has enjoyed cordial and
collaborative relations with the Somaliland Government over many years; and
through the projects in the SDF2, the Netherlands is happy to be part of the
contribution to strengthening the social contract between the government and
its people. These projects will strengthen the positive social and economic
growth trajectory of Somaliland.

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