(Garowe Raad Raac) The Vice President of Puntland State of Somalia H.E. Abdisamad Ali Shire opened the
Steering Committee Meeting for the Joint Program for Local Government (JPLG) Program
on Wednesday in Garowe, the capital of Puntland.
The one-day event was held at Puntland Development and Research Center (PDRC) and was
attended by Puntland Cabinet Ministers, Director-Generals of Ministries, District
Commissioners, and senior officials from Puntland President’s Office.
The visiting Delegation consisted of representatives from Donor Communities, Foreign
Embassies, and U.N. Agencies, including the European Union, Danish and Swedish
Embassies, ILO, UNCDF, UNICEF, UNDP, UN HABITAT, and JPLG program officers.
The Puntland Vice President opened the meeting, expressing appreciation for the Donor
Communities and U.N. Agencies for supporting the JPLG program, while underscoring the
hard work and commitment of Puntland Ministries and local governments.
“It is noteworthy to mention that JPLG remarkably contributed to the delivery of local
services, peace building and capacity building. On behalf of Puntland Government, let me
reassure our partners of our commitment at the highest executive level,” said Vice President
Shire, while emphasizing that the Government is committed to advancing the decentralization
process and reforms in service delivery, fiscal responsibility, and effective coordination.
Mr. Patrick Duong, JPLG-PMU Senior Program Manager, thanked the Puntland Government
for its commitment and cooperation. He noted that the Steering Committee’s meeting aims to
review the progress of the JPLG program and to approve funding for a new phase.
Mr. Duong noted that the JPLG Steering Committee consists of Puntland Government,
District Councils, Donor Communities, and U.N. Agencies.
After the Vice President’s opening statement, Puntland Finance Minister Farah Ali Jama
chaired the Steering Committee Meeting, on behalf of the Puntland Minister of Interior and
Statement by the Vice President
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