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September 17, 2012

Somaliland Business Fund – Private Sector Re-Engagement Program Launched

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Somaliland Business Fund – Private Sector Re-Engagement Program Launched

Hargeisa– Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) was launched on September 15, 2012. The deadline for receipt of Concept Notes(initial applications) will be October 25, 2012. It is expected to award small grants at the end of december 2012 and large grants in early March, 2013. Four rounds are planned over the next 12 months with more rounds depending on the response from the business community and the quality of proposals.The SBF Term Sheet outlines how you can apply for a grant and explains how we assess applications.For further information on the Fund, call the Fund ‘hotline’ at  485-0660.

About the Fund

 —The $3.6 million Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) offers grants to the Somaliland private sector ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for projects involving business development services and/or fixed assets. —Grants below $50,000 are considered small and processed in 2 months (following outreach phase) whereas large grants will be processed in 4-5 months. —Small grants are ‘matching’ i.e. 50:50 co-financing whereas the applicant contribution is reduced to 33% for 1st time applications. —Grants for large projects will be up to 50% i.e. determined on the basis of risks and returns – in this way we can get a higher leverage on the overall grant funds.

WHY SBF

The Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) aims to mobilize the creative energy and resources of the private sector to strengthen private enterprises, increase incomes and create new sustainable employment opportunities and thereby improve the lives of Somalilanders.

Since 1991 Somaliland has established a democratic state, education and health systems. Somalilanders have proven themselves to be enterprising people and urban-centred business such as telecom has experienced phenomenal growth in the last 20 years.

Nevertheless, challenges remain such as a fast growing population, and high rates of unemployment and illiteracy. There are also issues surrounding environmental degradation and food security. Citizens need sustained economic growth to reduce poverty levels.

A well-developed private sector has an important role to play – it provides investment, employment, livelihoods and vital services. The country has great potential – it is strategically located with a long coast line, access to ports, an excellent international trade position and investment opportunities in agribusiness, fisheries, meat, salt, financial services mining and oil & gas.

The Somaliland diaspora is a mojor source of productive investment in the country but the private sector is constrained by inadequate infrastructure, high cost of fuel and energy, lack of access to credit and banking facilities etc. At the enterprise level, competiveness is hampered by producers’ lack of market know-how and/or modern machinery and equipment, and workers lack of technical skills.

As a result, consumers make do with low quality, limited range or high priced products.

The Fund will help businesses to upgrade and strengthen their capacity, to improve their productivity or become more innovative. This will not only be good for the business but alos have wider developmental impact  as benefits will flow to other suppliers/producers in the sector or value chain, as well as workers and consumers.

DONOR SUPPORT

The Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) is one component of the Private Sector Re-Engagement Program Phase II that supports the investment climate, value chains (fisheries, gums & resins),

P-P-P (solid waste management, Berbera port), and the financial sector in Somaliland.

SomPREPII is financed by a World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund with contributions from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA),

the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the World Bank State and  Peace-building Fund (SPF).   Landell Mills – a development consutling firm in the UK – has been engaged to manage the Fund.

For more info visit The Somaliland Business Fund (SBF) website:-  http://somalilandbusinessfund.com/

 

February 25, 2012

Breakaway Somaliland entity targets investors


Breakaway Somaliland entity targets investors

Feb 24 (Reuters) – The breakaway enclave of Somaliland, which boasts oil and gas potential, has set up a UK-linked corporation to act as an entry point for investors concerned the Somali territory’s lack of international recognition would stop contracts being enforced.

On a visit to London to attend a conference on Somalia, President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo told Reuters that the purpose of the Somaliland Development Corporation was to “to attract companies and institutions which want to invest in our country.”

“Since we are not a recognised country, insurance is always a difficult problem in Somaliland so if this can help with that, it would be useful.”

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and has enjoyed relative stability compared to the rest of Somalia, including the holding of a series of peaceful general elections, but remains unrecognised internationally.

Silanyo did not indicate what economic sectors he wished investors to target. But energy and mining minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh said in November the northern enclave had hydrocarbon potential with a geology similar to basins containing 9 billion barrels across the Gulf of Aden.

A number of big oil companies with permits to operate there left what is now Somaliland in the late 1980s and declared force majeure during Somalia’s escalating civil conflict.

Several foreign banks have expressed interest in operating in Somaliland where they are keen to capitalise on its untapped market potential. Somaliland has no formal banking sector and its people rely heavily on remittances from diaspora communities in Europe, North America and the United Arab Emirates, as there are no ATMs or loan facilities.

A briefing paper distributed to journalists on the sidelines of the London conference said that despite Somaliland’s “achievements in stability and democracy, international donors cannot deal directly with its government, and foreign investors face uncertainty about whether contracts – the basis of secure business – can be enforced”.

The SDC circumvented the problem of non-recognition by providing “a transparent, accountable and enforceable means by which investors can participate in Somaliland ventures”.

A not-for-profit company had been set up in Britain to act as the founding vehicle, with Somaliland’s Minister of State Mohamed-Rashid Hassan and Britons Myles Wickstead, a former diplomat, and Jeremy Carver, a retired international lawyer, as founding directors.

The SDC is owned by an incorporated trust, the Somaliland Development Corporation Trust, the paper said.

Oil discoveries would be a cash boon to Somaliland though hydrocarbons have often proven to be a curse to African nations as the opaque nature of the industry can breed corruption.

Colonised by Britain while the rest of Somalia was under Italian administration, Somaliland declared independence in 1991 as the rest of the country disintegrated into anarchy.

(Reuters)

February 13, 2012

PetroTrans negotiates to extend Somaliland port


PetroTrans negotiates to extend Somaliland port

By Mark Anderson

HARGEISA |

Feb 13 (Reuters) – PetroTrans, a Chinese oil and gas producer could conclude preliminary negotiations with Somaliland for the extension of the key port of Berbera by the end of this year, but has scrapped plans to build a liquefied natural gas facility.

Philip Hirschler, a legal adviser for PetroTrans, said from London the firm planned to extend Berbera port’s container and mineral export services following an agreement it signed with the government of the breakaway enclave of Somalia last August.

The Horn of Africa has been attracting increased investments in exploration by foreign oil firms, due to its proximity to east Africa, where oil has been discovered in Uganda and natural gas found in Tanzania.

The Hong Kong based company had planned to build gas pipelines from the field and at least two trains and LNG tankers for possible export of the product.

“Some of the project that was initially proposed such as the LNG facility, could not go into Berbera because it would be impossible to get any insurance on the facility,” Hirschler said.

“We’re still talking about (developing) a container port, a dry cargo port, and a mineral export port, once there’s sufficient minerals development in Ethiopia or further west.”

Ali Omer Mohamed, General Manager of Berbera port, told Reuters he expected the completion of preliminary negotiations with PetroTrans on Berbera’s extension by the end of this year.

“I expect studies, contracts and agreements to be finished this year,” Mohamed said.

PetroTrans signed four petroleum exploration and production sharing agreements with the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines in July 2011, paying $130 million for the rights to explore Blocks 3, 4, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 20 in the Calub and Hilala Gas fields in the country’s eastern Ogaden region.

Somaliland is an internationally unrecognised state that declared independence from Somalia in 1991, and hopes the deal will create thousands of jobs, raise its profile and attract more investments into the region.

Hirschler said PetroTrans had approached neighbouring Djibouti on whether it could build an LNG facility there, but discussions were still in an early stage. Djibouti serves as a port for its landlocked neighbour Ethiopia.

Hirschler said PetroTrans was also negotiating with South Sudan’s government to build an oil pipeline from South Sudan oilfields to the Port of Djibouti.

South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan last year, said on Thursday it was considering building an oil pipeline through Ethiopia and Djibouti. South Sudan produces about 350,000 barrels of oil per day and exports via Sudan to a Red Sea port.

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/somaliland-port-idUSL5E8DD4VG20120213

February 2, 2012

Somaliland to pass central bank law within 3 weeks: cbank


Somaliland to pass central bank law within 3 weeks: cbank

 

By Mark Anderson

HARGEISA (Reuters) – Somaliland’s central bank governor said on Thursday parliament is expected to pass a law within three weeks that will formerly establish a central bank, paving the way for foreign commercial banks to start operating in the self-declared country by 2013.

Somaliland, a breakaway state in the northeast of Somalia, remains unrecognised internationally. It has no formal banking sector and its people rely heavily on remittances from diaspora communities in Europe, North America and the United Arab Emirates, as there are no ATMs or loan facilities.

“We expect to finalise the (Central Bank) act within a maximum of three weeks,” Abdi Dirir Abdi told Reuters in an interview in the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa.

The act was brought before parliament in November 2011.

“The Commercial Banking Act will follow in the next six to 12 months,” he said. That legislation will allow foreign commercial banks to be set up in Somaliland and offer credit and cash withdrawal facilities.

Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and has enjoyed relative stability compared to the rest of Somalia.

Several foreign lenders have expressed interest in operating in Somaliland where they are keen to capitalise on its untapped market potential.

“We are still awaiting the regulation. Once it is passed we will open a head office in Hargeisa and branches in five cities in Somaliland. We are ready to open immediately,” said Saad Djama, a representative of Djibouti-based Banque pour le Commerce et l’Industrie-Mer Rouge in Hargeisa.

“This is a good market. The business in Somaliland is free, the rate of taxation is also very cheap,” Djama said, referring to limited government interference in the business sector.

Djama said his bank currently catered to about 60 customers, mostly companies and non-governmental organisations. He hoped that number would rise to 1,000, once full branches are opened.

Yemeni state-owned bank CAC, Djibouti-based Salaam African Bank, and Banque de Depot de Credit Djibouti, a subsidiary of Switzerland-headquartered Swiss Financial Investments, have all approached Abdi about commencing operations in Somaliland.

“I think (the presence of foreign banks) will enhance our mobile banking system. But banks will bring in cash machines (ATMs) also,” Abdi said.

“We are eager to issue licences to commercial banks so that the economy will pick up, because people will have access to credit.”

Reuters: http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE81107Z20120202?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

January 25, 2012

The joys of investing in Somaliland


The joys of investing in Somaliland

Mr Mohammed Yusef says potential profits are higher in Somaliland than London

“How are you going to make money in a country that doesn’t even exist?” That was probably the question that many people had at the back of their minds when Mohammed Yusef told them he would invest in Somaliland.

Mohammed Yusef

  • Age: 60
  • First business venture: buying and selling a film library
  • Trained as a solicitor
  • Practiced as a commercial lawyer before founding his own law practice in London
  • Founded Invicta Capital in 1999
  • His Somaliland business is handled through a company called Prime Resources
  • Prime has a staff of nine people in Hargeisa

Others perhaps did not even know Somaliland had declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and that, in spite of not having been recognised internationally, it does have – unlike Somalia – a working political system and a strong business sector.

Mr Yusef of course knew. Although he now manages a very successful investment firm in the United Kingdom, Invicta Capital Limited, he has always kept in touch with the land where he was born six decades ago, while it still was a British protectorate.

“If what my parents say is true, I always had a mentality for trade, for business, and it’s not inconsistent with the family history because the family originated from a fishing village on the Gulf of Aden,” he told the BBC’s series African Dream.

“My great-grandfather was one of those people that would trade with Aden.”

Mr Yusef was educated in the UK where he trained as a solicitor and practiced as a commercial lawyer before starting his own law practice specializing in commercial law, copyright and media law in London.

In 1999 he founded Invicta, a private equity firm providing finance for the media, commercial property and renewable energy sectors which, according to its website, has raised over £1.4bn ($2.3bn) of investment capital.

Minding the gap

His Somaliland business is handled through a company called Prime Resources which has a staff of nine people in Hargeisa, the capital.

According to him, the firm has invested in mining, and oil and gas exploration and is about to embark on a $40m exploration programme. It is also evaluating business opportunities in Somalia in the agricultural and property sectors.

“When I first started looking at investment in Somaliland even my professional colleagues would say: ‘You’re mad. This doesn’t make any sense’,” he remembers.

“Not only did they confuse Somaliland with Somalia but it does have the problem of being an unrecognised country,” he told the BBC’s Mary Harper.

“But actually nobody ever made money from following the herd and the most money is often to be made where there is a mismatch between what people perceive to be the place and the reality of what it is, and Somaliland is exactly in those kinds of circumstances where there is a huge gap between the reality and the perception.”

“So actually there is a method to my madness and it isn’t inconsistent with the basic principles of business: Go find yourself a situation that nobody else has spotted and be prepared to hang on in there while everybody else catches up.”

“There is no inconsistency between what we look for when we invest in an opportunity here [in London] and what we look for over there, except that the potential rewards in Somaliland are far greater, ironically.”

The Hollywood connection

Mr Yusef’s first business venture was buying and selling a film library.

“I was lucky in that I knew who my buyer was going to be, so it was one of those crazy situations where I knew I could buy for X and sell for Y,” he said.

“In many ways, it’s the worst first lesson to have in business because you run away with the idea that business is actually quite easy.”

However, this experience was probably helpful to him when, later, he decided to specialise in structured film financing.

Invicta has been involved in the financial side of many successful film projects, including Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Da Vinci Code and James Bond’s Casino Royale.

Although now he manages big money, Mr Yusef says that he started with very little.

“I had enough capital to pay the rent of an office for six months. I think it was enough to pay the secretary and assistant. That was it.

“But it didn’t take much. It never takes much. Not having money is never really the obstacle, it’s the excuse.”

‘Fascinating people’

Mr Yusef says that for him one of the most exciting things about his business is meeting people.

“You meet fantastic people, even the ones you don’t like. They’re fascinating”.

He believes that it is often easier to get to know others in stressful situations because they cannot “keep their pretences up for very long”.

He also takes delight in the intellectual challenges offered by his job.

“Every situation is different from the last. And the mistake often made is to assume ‘Oh, I know how that story is going to end’. So there’s always that tension – positive stress is what I call it – that keeps one going,” he says.

“After a while, it may sound a bit glib to say this, the money motive isn’t the main driver. Once you’ve reached a certain level of security – you’ve paid the mortgage if you still had one and taken care of the basics of life, and you can afford one or two luxuries – people who accumulate businesses and business interests just to make more money are a little bit unwell, I think.

“The biggest driver for people in business, if you look at it, is the creative drive, to create something from nothing and step back and say: ‘That was nothing then, look at it now’. I’m sure that’s the key motivator for most people who are successful in business.”

And what advice would he give to someone who wants to start in business?

“Control your fear and never give up because you will fail more than you succeed, and I think that’s the thing that my father taught me more than anything else, and that’s that ultimately you will prevail if you take your losses as well as your successes and learn from the losses. We learn nothing from success and everything from failure.

“I think the thing that separates the natural businessman and, let’s say, a business consultant, is the tenacity that is required. Many people give up on their dreams and their ideas faster than they should, and even when they do fail, they should figure out why they failed and then look for the next opportunity.”

African Dream is broadcast on the BBC Network Africa programme every Monday morning.

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16603523

January 3, 2012

Business in Somaliland – Challenges and Opportunities


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Business in Somaliland – Challenges and Opportunities

On the evening of Thursday 19th January 2012 an event is being held at 55 Tufton Street,London SW1P 3Q by kind permission of the Africa Research Institute http://www.africaresearchinstitute.org/index.php entitled: Business in Somaliland – Challenges and Opportunities. The co-organisers of this occasion are the Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA) and Pride of Somaliland (a not for profit organisation that seeks to celebrate the achievements of Somalilanders wherever they reside).
This event will comprise of three brief presentations by prominent individuals connected with Somaliland and the Horn representing a range of sectors including entrepreneurship, education/training and livestock (we are pleased to say that all three panel members are Somalilanders or hail from the Horn).

The panellists are:
Zeinab Mohamed – Entrepreneur
Abdi Yusuf – FFOP (http://ffop.co.uk/)
Zeremariam Fre – PENHA (http://www.penhanetwork.org)
Other prominent figures from fields such as oil and gas and private equity will also be present. There will be ample scope for questions and answers from the audience as well as an opportunity for further discussion and networking. The event will begin at 7.15 pm and last until 9.00 pm. Places are at a premium, so to book a place e-mail: info@ha-ba.com

Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA) : http://ha-ba.com/

November 25, 2011

Somaliland Plans Law Allowing Foreign Banks to Set Up Operations

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Somaliland Plans Law Allowing Foreign Banks to Set Up Operations

By Mark Anderson

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Somaliland, a breakaway state in northern Somalia, will pass a banking law early in 2012 establishing a central bank and enabling foreign lenders to begin operations, the speaker of parliament said.

The Central Bank of Somaliland Act, which replaces the 1997 Central Banking Rules and Regulations Act, was presented to lawmakers today in Hargeisa, the capital, where some objections were raised, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi said in an interview today in the city.

“There are few MPs that object to the Act and those who do are only concerned with individual articles,” Abdillahi said. “We are confident that the Act will be passed early next year.”

Somaliland, a former British colony, declared independence from Somalia in 1991, following the ouster of former Somali dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. No sovereign state has formally recognized the area as independent.

Last month, Banque pour le Commerce et l’Industrie-Mer Rouge Chief Executive Officer Ould Amar Yahya held talks with the government about obtaining a license, according to Saad Moussa Djama, BCI’s representative in Somaliland. The lender, based in Djibouti, has had a representative office in Hargeisa since February 2009.

The bank “expects to obtain a full licence immediately after the Commercial Banking Act is passed,” Djama said in an interview on Nov. 21.

CAC Bank, a state-owned Yemeni lender, and Dahabshiil, the Dubai-based money-transfer service, have also contacted Somaliland’s central bank about establishing a presence in the country, Governor Abdi Dirir said in an interview on Nov. 21.

May 27, 2011

Money man serves the Somali diaspora

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Money man serves the Somali diaspora

Steeped in the community: Abdirashid Duale says his family has built the business through understanding its customers and developing a network of outlets

By Katrina Manson

Aged eight, Abdirashid Duale would rush back from school to take his place in the family’s small shop in Burao, a dusty livestock trading town in Somaliland, selling everything from clothes and shoes to flour and sugar.

Today he divides his time between London and Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia that declared independence in 1991, and is the chief executive of Dahabshiil, a global money transfer company that operates through 24,000 outlets in 144 countries. Dahabshiil also offers debit cards, reward points and SMS notification services and, soon, Somaliland’s first fully operational bank which is currently under construction in the capital.

“From a very early age I got used to talking to adults … while other friends or even my brothers used to play football, for me my fun was to stay in the store, and sell people goods,” he says. He even drove his father’s car, at age 13. “I was in competition with other people who were working for my father, so I wanted to be useful and serve him,” he says, speaking in the garden of a Nairobi restaurant.

In four decades, Dahabshiil has evolved into an internation­al bus­iness that uses the most modern technology. However, working in Somalia, a failed state, means danger has never been far away: in 2009, two workers were killed in an attack by al-Shabaab, an Islamist group, forcing the business to close half its 50 or so Mogadishu outlets. To this day, the company sometimes transports cash hidden in cars. Mr Duale thinks the company’s best protection is its local approach: “We are ‘money without borders’ – people need us. Customers see us as a part of them. We’re bringing money to them, not guns, so they will look after us.”

The business was transformed from the shop of Mr Duale’s 1970s childhood into a global business by finding opportunities in a string of calamities that have befallen Somalia – from poverty to war and terrorism.

For the family’s story is also the story of the Somali diaspora. Poverty and trade first sent Somalis to Yemen, Dubai and the Middle East. In 1991, the capital Mogadishu was overwhelmed by fighting between rival groups, earning Somalia its label as a failed state. Perhaps 1m Somalis scattered throughout east Africa but also to the Middle East, Australia, Europe and North America. “After 1991 all the Somalis were displaced in a way,” says Mr Duale. “I’m one of them, so we know where they live, how to communicate with them and serve them.”

Mr Duale says his company handles remittances of $200m a year to east African countries outside Somalia, and that the company also remits a large proportion of an estimated $1.6bn sent back to Somalia every year, making it the largest money-transfer service in the Horn of Africa.

Yet Dahabshiil started by default, a device to overcome one of many challenges in running a business in Somalia. In order to stock the latest shoes from Milan, Mr Duale’s father, Mo­hamed Saed Duale, needed hard currency for purchases from the trading hub of Yemen. Meanwhile, the Somali diaspora was keen to send money home, so Mr Duale’s father would collect hard currency from them in Yemen to buy the shoes, then hand the money over to the “lenders’” family members in Burao in local currency, making an additional cut on the exchange rate. Remarkably, rather than pay interest, he had found a way to turn a profit on borrowing.

That sideline would become the heart of the business. But it was not always clear it would be that way. Mr Duale can still remember when a liberation force invaded one day in 1988, and the defending regime res­ponded with bombs: “There was blood everywhere – we couldn’t stay. We left our car, our shop, our house, everything.”

The family fled to live among nom­adic herdsmen and eventually his father reached the Ethiopian border, found Somalis in desperate need of sending and receiving money, and set about making it happen. The business model soon changed, as no one want­ed rapidly depreciating local currency. Instead, the company made a double cut by charging a commission and operating a currency exchange service situated in its outlets, a model it keeps to this day.

Getting money back to Somalia was often risky and, in some countries, restricted. “You can manage to hide $200,000 yourself if you know the technique,” says Mr Duale of people’s ef­forts to secrete cash.

Another hurdle to expansion was regulations. When Mr Duale registered as a teenage sole trader in London’s East End, home to waves of immigrants over centuries, to set up the first European branch of Dahabshiil, he met an alien way of doing business: “I knew Somalis, I knew how to serve them, but I did not know about formality – in Burao you don’t need accountants, lawyers, a bank.” Despite his unsteady English, he found an accountant, bought a guide to doing business in 12 European countries and began unravelling the red tape, working seven days a week.

Dahabshiil has been so good at complying with host countries’ regulations that it won customers when al-Barakat, one of its Somali competitors, was shut down by the US after the September 11 2001 terror attacks. Mr Duale insists that no money within Dahabshiil funds pir­acy – an­other Somali blight – or terrorism, and regularly co-operates with international agencies when asked.

The father-and-son team plays to its strengths, especially when it comes to understanding the culture in which the company operates. Mr Duale looks after the western side of the business and his father, now chairman, looks after Africa. The strategy has helped the company keep up with developments: today, funds can be transferred online in minutes, and it uses Facebook and Twitter, alongside developing its banking and tele­coms operations as part of Dahabshiil’s expansion.

Although they work as a team and, as a boy Mr Duale hankered to be like his father, relations are not always straightforward: “Sometimes you don’t know – are you talking to your boss or are you talking to your father? When he tells me my mistakes is he talking to his son or to his staff? Sometimes you would like things to be a little bit separate.”

Doing business in hard places

Abdirashid Duale learnt how to expand the family business amid war, poverty and even the strictures of doing business in the west.

Start young. “In Burao [town], you can take more responsibility from a very early age: you become more mature by doing this kind of activity. It was job training from a very early age.”

Serve your community. “Without knowing your people as your customers and your staff, and them trusting you, you cannot be in business. I knew Somalis, I knew how to serve them, so it was not some sophisticated customer I had to find.”

Adapt. “I could have said ‘I don’t want to expand in Europe – it’s too much, it’s not easy to be in that field with a different language’ but I didn’t. I said: ‘I have to get used to it.’ And then I came back to Somaliland … and I had to re-educate myself.”

Market yourself. Dahabshiil took on a UK public relations agency to deal with international press interest when the company issued its first debit card in Somalia, which was – and remains – a failed state.

Do what you love. “It’s by feeling passionate about it that you expand your business.”

FT.com :-http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/afae0e64-8630-11e0-9e2c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1NVRiWgK9

April 1, 2011

Shirweynihii Ugu Caalamisanaa Ee Maalgashi Loogu Samaynaayo Somaliland Oo Ka Dhacay London, Waftigii Saddexda Wasiir Ee Somaliland Iyo Laba Wasiir Oo Ingiiriska Ah Oo Shirka Ka Qaybgalay. Daawo Sawiro Badan


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Shirweynihii Ugu Caalamisanaa Ee Maalgashi Loogu Samaynaayo Somaliland Oo Ka Dhacay London, Waftigii Saddexda Wasiir Ee Somaliland Iyo Laba Wasiir Oo Ingiiriska Ah Oo Shirka Ka Qaybgalay

Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibadda Somaliland Dr. Maxamed Abdillaahi Iyo Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibadda Afrika U Qaabilsan Dawladda Britain. Henry Bellingham, Oo Ka hadlaaya madashii Shirka

 

(London-HNW) Waxaa maanta ka dhacay caasimadda waddanka Ingiriiska ee London kulan taariikhi ah oo aan hore u dhex marin xukuumadda Somaliland iyo dawladda Ingiriiska. Kulankan ayaa wuxuu dhexmaray Waftigii seddexda wasiir ee ka socday xukuumadda Somaliland iyo laba wasiir oo ka tirsan xukuumadda Ingiriiska, sidoo kale waxaa goob joog ka ahaa agasimayaal, sherkado ganacsi, maal qabeeno iyo dadkaloo caan ah. Shirkan ayaa ka dhacay Huteelka wayn ee Marriot oo ku dhaw xarunta looga arrimoyo barlamaanka dawladda Ingiriiska ee magaalada London.

Shir waynahan oo ay soo qaban qabaabisay wasaaradda arrimaha dibadda ee dawladda boqortooyada Ingiriisku waxaa ka soo qaybgalay xagga dawladda Britain laba wasiir oo ka tirsan xukkuamdda dawladda Ingiriiska iyo waftigii seddex wasiir ahaa ee ka socday dawladda Somaliland ku waas oo u hogaaminayay wasiirka Arrimaha Dibadda ee Somaliland. Shirkan oo si ballaadhan ay dawladda Ingiriisku ammaankiisa u ilaalinaysay una agaasintay, waxay ahayeen masuuliyiinta dawladda Ingiriiska ka socday ee shirka u matalaayay wasiirka wasaaradda arrimaha dibadda ee dawladda Ingiriiska u qaabilsan Afrika, Mr. Henry Bellingham, Iyo Wasiir ka socday wasaardda arrimaha mucaawinada dibadda iyo iskaashiga caalamiga ah ee dawladda Ingiriiska (DFID), Mr. Stephen O´Brien, Agaasinaka Wasarradda Arrimaga Dibadda ee Ingiriiska ee Afrika, Jonathan Allen, Agaasinaka Bariga iyo Badhtamaha Afriak ee Wasaaradda Arrimaha Dibadda, Marwo Sarah Tiffin, safiirro, maalqabeenno, iyo masuuliyiin tiro badan oo ka socday xukuumadda Ingiriiska.

Dhinaca Somaliland waxay kala ahayeen masuuliyintii shirkan caalamiga ah uga qaybgalay waftigii seddexda wasiir ee Somaliland oo kala ah Wasiirka arrimaha dibadda, Dr. Maxamed Abdillaahi Cumar, Wasiirka Macdanta iyo biyaha, Eng. Xuseen Cabdi Ducaale iyo Wasiirka Qorshaynta Qaranka, Dr. Sacad Cali Shire. Waxaa kaloo goobta ku sugnaa Maxamed Yusuf oo ah ganacsade u dhashay Somaliland oo deggan Britain, iyo Safiirka Somaliland u fadhiya dalka Ingiriiska, Axmed Cumar Sangoore iyo waskiilaka Rugta Ganacsiga ee Somaliland ee UK, Abdikarin Cabdi Aadan.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development - Stephen O'Brien MP

 

Waxaa ugu horayn kulanka khudbad dheer oo nuxurkeedu taabanaayay xaaladda siyaasadeed, nabadgalyo iyo dhaqaale ee Somaliland shirka ka soo jeediyay wasiir khaarijiga Somaliland, Dr. Maxamed Abdillaahi Cumar, oo si qoto dheer uga waramay baahida Somaliland u qabto maalgashi dhaqaale oo wayn si loo sameeyo fursado shaqooyin loogu abuuri karo dhallinyaradda Somaliland, laguna adkeeyo guulaha shacabka Somaliland ka soo hooyeen dhinacyada nabadgalayadda iyo dimuqraadiyadaba. Wuxuu ku ammaanay dawladda Ingiriiska taagerada dhaqaale ee ay u kordhisay Somaliland iyo wadashaqaynta tooska ah ee ay Britain markasta la garab taagan tahay shacabka nabada jecel ee Somaliland. Waxaa kaloo isna madasha hadal dheer ka jeediyay Wasiirka Qorshaynta Qaranka, Dr. Sacad Cali Shire, oo isaguna faah-faahin ka bixiyay xaaladda horumarineed iyo baahida xagga gargaarka ee Somaliland ay u baahantahay. Wuxuu wasiirku aad uga hadlay saxadda maalgashiga ee Somaliland iyo shuruucda iyo siyaassadda xukuumadda ee ku wajahan sidii maalgashi dibadeed loogu heli lahaa Somaliland, isagoo tilmaamay in shirkadaha caalamku ay gacan fiican ka heli doonaan dawladda Somaliland.

Wasiirka Qoryashanta Qaranka. Dr. Sacad Cali Shire, Iyo Wasiirka Macdanta Iyo Biyayaha Somaliland Eng: Xuseen Cabdi Ducaale Oo Sharxaaya Maalgashiga Somaliland

 

Waxaa isaguna ka hadlay shir waynaha wasiirka Macdanta iyo Biyaha ee Somaliland, Eng. Xuseen Cabdi Ducaale. Waxanu wasiirku si waafiya oo qoto dheer uga warbixiyay khayraadka dabiiciga ah ee illaahay ku manaystay Somaliland. Wuxuu wasiirku si ballaadhan uga hadlay khayraadka ay ka midka yihiin batroolka, gaaska iyo macadanaha laga helo dhulka hoostiisa oo u sheegay inay Somaliland ka buxaan. Waxaa kale oo u ka hadlay siyaasadda iyo sharciga ay Somaliland u marayso ka midhodhalinta soo saarka kharaadkaas iyo nidaamka dalku u marayo heshiisyada shirkada adduunka. Khudbadii wasiirada kadib waxaa isagu hadalka u baxay wasiirka wasaardda arimaha dibadda ee Ingiririska u qaabilsan Afrika, Mr. Henry Bellingham, wuxuuna sheegay siday dawladda Ingiriisku ula dhacsantahay horumarka iyo dimuquraadiyadda ka hanaqaaday Somaliland, yadoo ay wax kasta hoosta ka soo bilabeen, taas oo u ku tilmaamay mid tusaale u ah Somaalida kale iyo Afrikaba.

Maalqabeenada Iyo Wasiirada Ka Socda Dawladda Ingiriiska ee Shirka Ka Qaybgalaayay Oo Si Muqaala Au U Tusayaan Wasiirada Somaliland Qaabka Sahlan Ee Loo Maalgashan Karo Somaliland

 

Waxaa kaloo ka hadlay shirka Wasiir ka tirsana Wasaaradda Mucaawinada Dibadda iyo Iskaashiga ee Ingiriiska, Mudane Stephen O´Brien, wuxuuna ka waramay siday u laban laabeen deeqda ay siiso dawladda Ingiriisku Somaliland, taas oo ay uga danlahayeen in la dhiiri galiyo wax qabsiga iyo dawlad wanaaga ka hirgalay Somaliland, isla markaana ay Somaliland awoodo inay maal gashadaan sherkadaha iyo maal qabeenada waddanka Britain. Inta ka dib waxaa madasha ka dhacay doodo iyo iswaydaarsi wadatashiyo wasiiradda labada dawladood ee Somaliland iyo Ingirriska dhexmaray, waxayna ka hadleen sida ugu haboon ee Somaliland loo maal galin karo, iyo shuruucda loo maraayo. Arrintan ayaa ah talabadii ugu horeysay ee ay Somaliland u qaado xagga maalgashiga shisheeye, waxayse waxkasta ku xidhnaan donaan siday uga faa´ideysato dawladda Somaliland ee u hoggaaminaayo Madaxweyne Axmed Maxamed Maxamuud (Silaanyo)

Waftiga wasirada ee ka socday Xukuumadda Somaliland ayaa lagu wadaa inay bari sii wadaan kulamada ay la leyihiin dawladda Ingiriiska.

 

Muniir Axmed Cigaal

England/Uk.

Email muniir10@gmail.com

(Hadhwanaagmedia)

March 31, 2011

Somaliland ministers fly to UK for key talks


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Somaliland ministers fly to UK for key talks

Minister Henry Bellingham with the President of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo and his delegation 24 November 2010

 

HARGEISA — Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omar left for London on Tuesday for development, security and investment talks with the British government and investors.

Dr. Hussein Abdi Duale, Minister of Mining and Water Resources, Mr. Mohamoud Hashi Abdi, Minister of Aviation and Dr. Omar will sit down with officials from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday in London.

The discussion between the two sides will focus on issues such as security, stability, development, a devastating drought ravaging the region and investment according to official sources close to the government in Hargeisa.

The Somaliland government received an invitation from FCO to take part in a two-day trade and commerce conference that will be held in London this week. The conference is expected to draw British investors from both the public and private sector and will boost bilateral economic collaboration between the two nations.

This visit is part of an on-going efforts to build a closer working relationship between Somaliland and UK. It was three weeks ago when President Ahmed Silanyo received a British delegation consisting of Ambassador Norman Ling, British embassy in Addis Ababa, Tim Hitchens, Director for Africa at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Matt Woods, Deputy Secretary of the British embassy in Ethiopia. A week before that, Somaliland warmly welcomed six British investors for fact-finding mission and key talks with government officials (See British Investors Arrive in Somaliland).

The delegation will stopover in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to hold talks with key officials before they fly to UK. The unannounced trip comes days after official sources said President Ahmed Silanyo was due to fly to Washington next week to hold informal talks with U.S. officials on key issues. They added, he is expected to stopover in Addis Ababa to sign a crucial trade agreement that involves the port of Berbera with the government of Ethiopia and a Chinese firm. Dr. Omar recently returned back from Beijing but some citizens say a dark cloud of secrecy surrounds that trip since he did not reveal any information.

Britain is home to a large Somaliland Diaspora community that dates back to when Somaliland was a British Protectorate in the 19th century. The government of UK will provide $110 million in aids for Somaliland while helping to boost its security by funding its police, coastguards and other key security projects. They are also assisting Somaliland in seaport and airport securities.

(Somalilandpress)

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