Last week, 30 Somali delegates and 10 Norwegian experts were gathered in Nairobi to discuss and identify the content of a future Oil for Development program in Somalia. The Somali delegation comprised the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, as well as delegates from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Fisheries as well as representatives from several of the Somali member states. From the Norwegian side experts from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy were present, together with other experts on environmental and financial/macro-economic issues.
The workshop led to increased understanding of the potential contributions from Norway to Somalia in an Oil for Development program, and laid the foundation for further details and content in a program. Both sides were very pleased with the progress made during the workshop, and further meetings between individual institutions are planned for the next months.