"This growth should not remain in a single sector and should
not be experienced only at one place," Guelleh said when he
spoke in the capital during celebrations to mark the country’s
39th independence anniversary.
"It is the responsibility of the government to ensure this
growth is inclusive and that it benefits everyone across the
national territory. It is the responsibility of government that
this growth reinforces our education, health and housing for all
policies," the president explained.
He said to achieve the desired development goals, the
government will continue implementing the major reforms, by
placing more emphasis on decentralization which guarantees equal
development for all regions.
"We should also continue investing in the training of our
youths to overcome the challenge of unemployment and poverty,"
A former French colony, Djibouti which has a population of
less than a million people, got its independence in 1977.
The country is situated along an important maritime route
that goes through the Suez canal, the Red Sea and the Indian
Ocean. At least 20,000 vessels transit through its coastline
The strategic location makes Djibouti to be an ideal place
for the fight against piracy and terrorism. Besides hosting
France’s largest foreign military base, Djibouti also hosts the
only U.S. military base in Africa as well as Japan’s first
foreign military base.
It is estimated that every year, Djibouti receives at least
100 million euros for hosting the military bases.