Actually, the status of Somaliland under international law does not prevent the EU from engaging constructively with Somaliland in order to achieve common goals including stability and economic development.
To be more precise, on-going, EU-funded programmes in Somaliland currently amount to approximately €62 million. There are 63 projects ongoing: 27 projects in the governance (€21.9 million); 13 projects in the education sector (€11.2 million); 13 projects in support to economic growth (€15.1 million); and 9 projects (€8.5 million) in other sectors (health, water and sanitation).
During my mission I visited the Sheikh Veterinary School and livestock quarantine station in Berbera which is a strong asset to Somaliland economy since 63% of people rely on livestock for their income and the sector generates around 40% of Somaliland’s GDP.
We are also proud to see that our actions in Somaliland bring concrete results, just to mention that with strong EU assistance, school enrolment has already grown from 38.6% in 2006 to an estimated 60% in 2010. Somaliland’s Education Ministry will be supported by technical experts provided by the EU to develop a sustainable solution for the recently-announced Free Primary Education Policy.
I also invite you to read another article on this fascinating country in Slate Afrique. Click on this link:
By Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for development)