Ambassador of Kuwait to the European Union, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg, Jasem Al- Budaiwi, has announced that Kuwait is to host a Donors Conference in Support of Education in Somalia.
“We, in Kuwait, firmly believe that education is one of the most important, if not the most important tool, in combating extremism, terrorism, and poverty,” he said speaking in a Forum on Somalia Tuesday evening.
“This conference in Kuwait, will serve as a cornerstone to secure the future generations of Somalia, and we call upon the international community, to join our efforts and actively participate in it. Once you educate a child, you educate a generation,” said Kuwait’s top diplomat in Brussels.
Al-Budaiwi noted that this Forum is an “excellent opportunity for the international community to renew its commitment to supporting Somalia’s stability and development.
” “Together, my friends, we will continue the efforts of the United Nations in supporting Somalia’s transitional phase in every aspect. We have a responsibility towards the Somali people and they need to feel our commitment on the social and economic levels, and in their day to day life,” he stressed.
He pointed out that in 2017 only, the State of Kuwait provided USD 50 million in response to international calls to support the humanitarian situation in Somalia.
Furthermore, Kuwait has provided USD 1.5 million in agricultural technical assistance, as well as grants worth USD 28 million allocated to airport development.
In addition, the Kuwait Fund recently decided to ease the debt burden of Somalia. ”Now is the time to switch from crisis mode to investment mode in Somalia,” he added.