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News announcement26 October 2023Directorate-General for International Partnerships2 min read

Global Gateway Forum: EU and Somalia sign a multi-annual action plan for €89.5 million to address key development and state-building challenges

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Today, the EU announced a €89.5 million Multi-annual Action Plan , including €20 million for crucial budget support, to bolster Somalia’s ongoing state-building process. The action plan is in line with the Joint Operational Roadmap, along the areas of focus as agreed between the Federal Government of Somalia and the EU.

Speaking in Brussels, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said: ““The EU has a solid partnership with Somalia. With this announcement and funding, we seek to address key development and state-building challenges while adapting to emerging political priorities and risks. Funding will go towards resilient infrastructure, as well as nutrition and social protection.” 

Also speaking at the Global Gateway Forum in Brussels, Somalia Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Abshir Omar Jama said: “We express our gratitude for the multi-annual action plan, which offers an opportunity to strengthen the EU-Somali partnership in alignment with the Joint Operational Roadmap, and to further advance Somalia's economic development and ongoing state-building endeavors”

The EU and Somalia share a longstanding partnership, recently strengthened by the launch of the EU-Somalia Joint Operational Roadmap, which marks a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts.

The EU and Member States’ objectives in Somalia are building state legitimacy and responsiveness, democratic governance and rule of law, building effective and sustainable responses to security challenges, responding to vulnerabilities and creating economic opportunities to foster inclusive and sustainable growth.



The Global Gateway Forum

The Global Gateway Forum brings together an assembly of government representatives from the European Union and across the globe, alongside key stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, thought leaders, financial institutions, and international organisations to promote global investment in infrastructure.

During this landmark occasion, a series of strategic investment announcements and agreements with partner countries are being presented, marking a significant leap towards the implementation of the Global Gateway strategy. These announcements not only underscore the tangible worldwide impact of Global Gateway but also provide a platform for governments and businesses to engage in critical discussions surrounding its priorities.

The Global Gateway Forum highlights a collective commitment to fostering sustainable growth and resilience worldwide through a Team Europe approach.


Global Gateway

Global Gateway represents the European Union's effort reduce the worldwide investment disparity and boost smart, clean and secure connections in digital, energy and transport sectors, and to strengthen health, education and research systems. It provides sustainable investment opportunities to enhance the prosperity and security of our global partners and Europe alike.

The Global Gateway strategy embodies a collaborative approach that brings together the European Union, EU Member States, and European development finance institutions. Together, we aim to mobilize up to €300 billion in public and private investments from 2021 to 2027, creating essential links rather than dependencies, and closing the global investment gap.

Team Europe stands out with a compelling proposition for democratic partner nations, focusing on sustainability across social, environmental, and financial aspects, promoting long-term drivers of growth through a comprehensive 360-degree approach, encompassing both hard and soft infrastructure, and reinforcing the resilience of nations seeking strategic autonomy.




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Publication date
26 October 2023
Directorate-General for International Partnerships