An international conference is underway in London to help Somalia get back on track. The conference has been organised jointly by the UK and the UN. Heads of state from other African nations, officials from the UN, and key British Government officials are participating in the conference, where they will discuss security, the economy and political reforms in Somalia.
Somalia is currently facing insurgency issues caused by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, and is battling piracy along its coast. The nation is also in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
Somalia’s security and private security contractors
British security contractors should note that Prime Minister Theresa May revealed during the conference that the UK would be providing an additional £21 million to Somalia for training its servicemen.
May also asked other nations to join this initiative, saying that the UK intends to fund the training of Somalian servicemen over the next two years to strengthen the ongoing efforts that it is already providing.
May said that the UK would be providing training and mentoring for the Somalian army while offering support to build capacity in the country’s institutions over the next couple of years.
She asked other nations and international organisations attending the conference to commit support to the efforts being made by the UK, and to do this by the time that the next conference is held in October 2017.
Taking control of security
May emphasised that Somalia also needed to take control of its security so that it could benefit politically and economically. She added that the African nation should not rely indefinitely on other nations to send their troops there to deal with the piracy and insurgency issues.
Currently, besides the UK, Turkey, the US, and the UAE are helping Somalia to train its military personnel.