OF THE CONFERENCE
The conference considers
declaration of independence is irreversible. Dialogue with
Somalia will be possible only as sovereign, equal independent
states, in the interest of peaceful co-existence. Somalilandís
sovereignty is non-negotiable.
- Somalilandís pursuit of international
recognition requires that the countryís institutions and
systems of governance be continually improved and strengthened.
Somalilandís progress towards a stable, democratic political
system, including the conduct of free and fair parliamentary
elections, represents a new model for the Horn of Africa and the
needs to embark on a concerted diplomatic initiative in order to
better communicate its position to the international community,
to persuade sympathetic governments to align themselves
officially with Somalilandís cause, and to reassure the
international community that its recognition will contribute
materially to the security, stability and development of the
The conference believes
represents the success of a people-oriented ďhuman securityĒ
paradigm, in which the definition of security incorporates
factors such as governance, economics and the environment,
rather than the conventional, state-centric definition of
should remain committed to cooperation in regional security
concerns, through information and intelligence sharing, security
training, communication and transparent financial services.
The conference agrees that:
economic self-reliance is one of its greatest assets. Even when
political recognition brings new economic opportunities, the
government should continue to pursue policies that reinforce
self-reliance rather than inviting dependency and debt.
Saudi livestock ban is motivated at least in part by political
considerations. Somaliland should simultaneously pursue the
lifting of the ban, while diversifying economic production,
creating a regulatory environment conducive to foreign direct
investment, and seeking alternative sources of foreign exchange
geographical position requires that it pursue a long term
strategy of economic growth, based on integration with its
neighbours, including enhanced cross-border trade, harmonized
duties and tariffs, and the augmentation of peoplesí
conference expressed concern about the development challenges
facing the country and encourages donor governments, as well as
the EU and international financial institutions to establish a
dedicated funding mechanism for Somaliland taking into account
the specific needs, priorities and capacity of the country.
The conference also urges
should initiate cultural exchanges with its neighbours in order
to encourage understanding between the countries and peoples of
educational and research institutions should pursue linkages
with similar institutions in the region.
The conference considers
media have played a key role in the emergence of democracy, the
consolidation of peace and the promotion of good governance in
and economic issues deserve greater media coverage,
proportionately, than they currently receive.
of the media sector requires greater private sector investment,
government incentives such as tax breaks and more opportunities
for the professional development of journalists.
BBC should review both its coverage of Somaliland and its
training programme with a view
to more balanced reporting and responsiveness to local needs.
The conference takes special
note of the contribution of Somalilandís women to the political,
economic and social development of the country and encourages them
to play an even more active role in all domains of Somaliland