Washington, DC (Vocus) April 21, 2009
U.S. African Chamber of Commerce encourages the international donors who are expected to begin holding meetings this week in Belgium's capital, Brussels to discuss urgent funding for Somali security forces and African Union peacekeepers in what will be a significant test of support for President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's new government.
USACC President, Martin Mohammed said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will co-chair the meeting with Jean Ping, chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission. Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League, is expected to attend, as well as senior officials from the European Union and United States.
The United Nations special envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, and reportedly said the upcoming donor conference should send all Somalis a clear message that the whole international community was focused on fixing the Horn of Africa country's problems once and for all.
The USACC is the leading advocacy organization for U.S. African relations and emerging African markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African chambers of commerce and professional trade and business associations throughout the United States and abroad.