Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim attends International Conference on Somalia in Brussels.

Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, accompanied by Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, will attend an international conference on Somalia hosted by the European Union (EU) on 16 September 2013 in Brussels.

Billed as the "New Deal" for Somalia, the conference will bring together members of the international community and senior representatives of the federal government of Somalia to lend impetus to the positive peace momentum in Somalia. The conference will focus on the political vision, socio-economic reconstruction and the strengthening of the rule of law and security institutions in Somalia.

South Africa has already pledged to work closely with Somalia to bring the country to stability. In this respect South Africa has allocated R100 million for capacity and institution building, socio-economic support, and provided specialist training in key government sectors.

The conference will adopt a compact that will help the country to remain on the path of stability and peace thereby laying the basis for its reconstruction and development.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, 082 884 5974.

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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