On a historic day for Somalia, President H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud officially launched the Somalia Centennial Vision 2060, a comprehensive strategic blueprint designed to steer the nation towards stability, economic growth, and improved governance over the next four decades. The grand unveiling, graced by government officials, international community representatives, and civil society organizations, marked a new chapter in Somalia's quest for prosperity and progress.
President Mohamud, in his address, acknowledged the challenges Somalia has grappled with, including persistent conflicts and devastating natural disasters. He underlined Vision 2060 as a transformative initiative that bridges the present with the future, setting Somalia on a path of prosperity and progress for the generations to come.
A Three-Phase Approach to Development
The Vision is structured into three distinct phases: the near-term goals (2023-2025) focus on establishing stability and counter-terrorism measures; the mid-term goals (2025-2040) target the development of institutional capacity and the enforcement of good governance. The long-term goals (2035-2060) aim at economic development, improving living standards, and promoting social integration.
In his call for collective responsibility, President Mohamud emphasized the role of the Somali people as the primary agents of change and the government as a facilitator. He stressed that unity, perseverance, and commitment are the foundational elements for the successful implementation of Vision 2060.
As part of international commitment, the United States has shown staunch support to Somalia's future, contributing over $1.5 billion in humanitarian assistance over the past two years. Additionally, Somalia has gained accession to the East African Community and is on the verge of reaching the completion point under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. The government is also prioritizing efforts on debt relief, lifting the arms embargo, and liberating areas under al-Shabab control.