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Issue 539/ 26th May - 01st June 2012
Press Release: SOPRI Somaliland Advocacy Group Re-Launched
Press Release on Behalf of SOPRI
D.C. Ė The Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute (SOPRI) has
officially re-launched on Friday May 18th at
the 2012 Somaliland Conference in Washington DC hosted by the
US-Somaliland Ambassador, Rashid Garuf. The organization went inactive
after the death of founder and former chairman, Saíeed Maygag, in 2008.
Now over 4 years later SOPRIís new executive committee is proud to
announce its re-launch. SOPRI is an independent professional
organization founded in Los Angeles, California in 1992 by a group of
concerned Somalilanders who were deeply committed to help Somaliland.
SOPRI is one of Somalilandís most renowned organizations
internationally. Up until SOPRI initially formed there was no organized
or institutionalized political action or lobbying efforts conducted in
favor of Somalilandís interests and its desire to be recognized as a
sovereign and independent state. With this re-launch SOPRI hopes to
again be the leader and the voice for Somalilandís goals and aspirations
in the diaspora. At the 2012 Somaliland Conference where SOPRI announced
its re-launch, the new committee set up a table signing up over a 100+
new members and selling SOPRI t-shirts. They also sponsored the Youth
Panel at the conference.
1. To advocate, promote and support the desires of the people of Somaliland to have full rights to political and economic self-determination and to articulate their aspirations to gain independent statehood and recognition by the international community as a sovereign and independent state.
2. Promote and cultivate the building of democratic institutions and representative government and respect for human rights in Somaliland.
3. Solicit technical, material, manpower and minority reconstruction aid from the international donor community for rehabilitating and rebuilding Somalilandís devastated physical infrastructure.
4. Foster long term economic development of Somaliland through the development and utilization of its indigenous natural and human resources by attracting foreign capital and international trade.
SPORI has sponsored a number of high profile events and initiatives to address humanitarian issues and highlight democratic progress in Somaliland. Here are list of past events sponsored or co-sponsored by SOPRI.
Post War Aid
Somaliland Convention-Los Angeles
Somaliland Convention-Washington D.C.
Adan H. Iman (Former SOPRI Committee Member), who attended Somaliland Conference in DC said that, ďSOPRI laid out an ambitious agenda, which was to promote international recognition for Somaliland, help build democratic institutions as well as capacity building for the public sector and to seek financial assistance for the country.Ē
The new executive committee wants to get as many people as possible involved in joining us to help grow this organization. Together we can make a difference. Make sure to sign up on our website to become an official SOPRI member. We are also kindly accepting donations. For any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.