IGAD, Italy sign Jubaland reconstruction accord

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Addis Ababa, 19 February 2014 (WIC) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Italian government yesterday signed an agreement providing 500,000 euro to be utilized for the stabilization and reconstruction of the Al-shabaab hard hit Jubaland of Somalia.
According to the Ethiopian Herald, the agreement was signed by IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim and Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia Renzo Mario Rosso.
Signing the agreement, Maalim said the grant would be used for restructuring administrative apparatus, development intervention to the region, stabilization efforts as well as the implementation of the Addis Ababa agreement signed in 2013 to enable the Jubaland Administration become a functional regional state of Somalia.
According to Ambassador Rosso, the grant would also help cover administrative costs, enhance efforts being made to strengthen a federal system in the country and craft the interim constitution of Somalia that is highly considered to eventually bring about peace and security.
“There are various problems, mainly of political and humanitarian nature, in Somalia requiring such contribution from the international community,” he added.
He said the IGAD Forum would continue to work with the international community to assist Somalia in its stabilization and reconstruction effort.