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Somaliland: Livestock Ban

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 17 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 27 March 2006 (WA 100), what progress has been made on ways of overcoming the livestock ban against Somaliland by neighbouring states; and whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Somali Joint Needs Assessment in which the overall reconstruction package for Somaliland was expected to be contained. [HL2159]

The livestock ban, which applied across the whole of Somalia, was lifted in 2006. Since then there has been an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, resulting in an import ban by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and various Middle East countries, and further weakening the sector. The European Commission is supporting the establishment of a comprehensive support strategy necessary to sustain the livestock sector, so that it can regain its former prominence. It entails the setting up of a reliable and cost-effective animal health service in order to enhance livestock production and domestic and export trade of livestock and livestock products. Improving the livestock sector is also an important component of the Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) and Reconstruction and Development Plan (RDP).

The Somali Joint Needs Assessment runs to six volumes and is available on the following website: www.somali-jna.org. Work is currently under way, managed by the World Bank and UNDP on behalf of the Somali authorities, on the Reconstruction and Development Plan (the outcome of the JNA process), which will be made available on the same website once it is finalised. There is no clear deadline for this at present although draft versions of volumes 1 to 4 of the RDP are currently available online.