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June 6, 2017

2016-2019 represents a crucial period for Somalia’s transition from decades of state failure. Should Somalia harness economic, political, and social momentum to achieve greater stability, build a functional economy, improve security, and establish credible and durable governance systems, the implications for stability not only in Somalia but through the Horn of Africa will be profound. Despite the immense challenges facing the country, Somalis are forging a promising path forward, evidenced by the country’s extraordinary efforts to establish regional states, rebuild institutions, and re-engage with the international community.

Greko 1 mooring outside of Mombasa, Kenya Port
December 8, 2016

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.

Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education H.E., Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, and the Minister of Finance H.E., Mohamed Aden
September 2, 2016

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. 

August 9, 2016

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.

June 14, 2016

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.