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Somaliland: DP World Berbera Investment to Catalyze Enhanced Peace and Stability

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After the President of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Siilanyo official invitation from the Ruler of Dubai, UAE. The government of Somaliland engaged in a direct business negotiation with Dubai Ports (DP World).

On Sep 2016, Somaliland government signed an agreement with DP World, which is authorizing the latter to manage and develop the commercial port of Berbera for thirty years. The $440 million deal include expansion of the port and other infrastructure development including highway linking Berbera Port to border with Ethiopia (Tog-Wajale town). The deal sets up a joint venture with 6 percent control together with the government of Somaliland.

This comes after Somaliland showed a political stability and maturity with multi-party democracy striving in a region dominated by civil war and dictatorship. In addition to traditional trade link between the people of Somaliland and Arabian Gulf states.

Undoubtedly, the deal will create jobs and improve the living standard of the people of Somaliland and the region. This will give the landlocked Ethiopia a reliable access to sea, where Somaliland is trusted friend unlike other regional ports. The deal received the support of the elected parliament of Somaliland and it was a hit on the face of those want to hijack the people on poverty and unemployment.

The process of transforming Berbera in to east Africa’s main free trade hub like the UAE’s Jabel Ali Port. The DP World expansion project in Berbera will lead to extensive trade activities, in which Somaliland will control region’s business and trade. Berbera Port will be ready to provide service in helping Ethiopia and South Sudan exporting their natural resources like natural gas and oil.
Today’s world, business interest is the strongest diplomacy where the world will have no option but to recognize Somaliland, as latter will be regional economy power. In other hand, Ethiopia will have loyal friend, Somaliland, who can provide reliable services with seaport access.

In addition to development of Berbera Port, the deal won the Arab world interest in Somaliland on the grounds of ‘an exchange of interest’. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somaliland received an official invitation from its Egyptian counterpart, where the Somaliland delegation were received with full head-of-state diplomatic reception. The Somaliland Foreign Minister Dr. Saad Ali Shire met with his Egyptian counterpart, and Somaliland Minister of Higher Education met his counterpart during the visit.

Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs of Egypt Mohamed Idris expressed the importance of the Somaliland-Egypt relations. Mr. Idris led Egyptian delegation to Hargiesa, capital of Somaliland, in order to solidify the relations. Such Egyptian interest in Somaliland is first of its kind, which showcases a major change in the political attitude towards Somaliland. The below link is about the reports on the latest Egyptian visit to Somaliland:http://onaeg.com/?p=2557762 and http://www.sis.gov.eg/Story/105690?lang=en-us .

Another remarkable event was the consecutive visits of Somaliland presidents to Kuwait who met the Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed. The State of Kuwait sponsored projects in Somaliland including construction of Berbera Airport Terminal and development of Egal International Airport. The UAE based airline, flydubai, started its direct flight to Hargiesa, and signed an agreement with Ministry of Civil Aviation of Somaliland.

The below links represent the international response to the agreement between Republic of Somaliland and DP World:

1. DP World website
http://www.wsj.com/articles/dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port-of-berbera-1473086050
http://web.dpworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-09-05-Somaliland-Concession_EN-Final.pdf
2. Wall street journal
http://www.wsj.com/articles/dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port-of-berbera-1473086050
3.Foxnews World
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/05/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port.html
4. JOC.com
http://www.joc.com/port-news/terminal-operators/dp-world/dp-world-wins-30-year-deal-operate-somaliland-port_20160906.html
5.world maritime news

DP World Wins 30-year Concession for Somaliland Port


6.Gulf news Shipping
http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/shipping/dp-world-signs-442m-joint-venture-with-somaliland-1.1825624
7. The international news
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/148269-DP-World-to-manage-Somaliland-port
8. The National Business
http://www.thenational.ae/business/shipping/20160528/somaliland-project-opens-up-africa-for-dp-world#2
9. African intelligence
DOSSIER SPECIAL SOMALILAND Publié le 9/8/2015 https://www.africaintelligence.fr/loi/dossier/somaliland/berbera/bollore-dpworld-president-silanyo-ahmed-mohamed-mahamoud
10. Dredging today

DP World Signs $442 Million Berbera Port Deal


11.AMEinfo
http://ameinfo.com/transportation/dubai-dp-world-port-somaliland/
12.Dailymail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3775616/Dubais-DP-World-manage-Somaliland-port.html
13. The Load Star Editorial
http://theloadstar.co.uk/dp-world-wins-30-year-concession-for-port-of-berbera-in-somaliland/
14. Container Management

DP World wins 30-year concession for port in Somaliland


15.Splash24/7

DP World wins Somaliland port concession


16. reuters
http://af.reuters.com/article/somaliaNews/idAFLUN1A5003
17. Arabian business
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/dubai-s-dp-world-inks-deal-develop-somaliland-port-644553.html#.
18.Lloyds list
https://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ports-and-logistics/article535827.
19.KFMBFM
http://www.kfmbfm.com/story/33015499/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port
20.uk.news.yahoo.com
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/dubais-dp-world-manage-somaliland-074713522.html
21.Fairplay
http://fairplay.ihs.com/ports/article/4269506/dp-world-usd442-million-somaliland-port-agreement
22.MinBane
Press Release: DP World Wins 30-Year concession for Port of Berbera in Somaliland (05.09.2016)
23.ABC6 news
http://www.abc6.com/story/33015499/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port
24.Rose bank killarney Gazette
http://rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
25.Hastings Tribune
http://www.hastingstribune.com/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port/article_a15fba3d-bd33-51cc-b202-98f3d0d857ae.html
25.Southlands Sun
http://southlandssun.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
26.WAND TV or WAND 17
http://www.wandtv.com/story/33015499/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port
27. Four ways review
http://fourwaysreview.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
28. New castle advertiser
http://newcastleadvertiser.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
29.Zululand observer
http://zululandobserver.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
30.northern Natal courier
http://northernnatalcourier.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
31.my SA
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/world/article/Dubai-port-operator-DP-World-inks-deal-for-9203580.php
32. Randburg Sun
http://randburgsun.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
33.Bedfordview and Edenvale news
http://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
34. scottsbluff Star Herald
http://www.starherald.com/news/nation_world/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port/article_7cf3a107-96d3-5a24-a090-d6ccf3db3b77.html
35.Berea Mail
http://bereamail.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
36. Port Technology
https://www.porttechnology.org/news/dp_world_win_massive_somalian_port_concession
37. Lemonde Afrique
http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2016/09/06/somaliland-dp-world-remporte-un-contrat-pour-la-gestion-du-port-de-berbera_4993475_3212.html
38.KTAR news
http://ktar.com/story/1260321/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somaliland-port/
39.ajc.com
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/dubai-port-operator-dp-world-inks-deal-for-somalil/
40.mpumalanganews
http://mpumalanganews.co.za/afp/207885/dubais-dp-world-to-manage-somaliland-port
41. www.appeal-democrat.com
42. www.container-news.com
43. www.herald-review.com/
44.thetruth24.info
45.www.fbj-online.com/archives/17712
46.Radio France international
DP World deal ‘helpful’ to Somaliland’s bid for independe 47.www.africasupplychainfrontier.com/ 48.www.marinelink.com
49.cctv-africa.com/2016/
50.DP World获得索马里兰柏培拉港口特许经营权
http://www.cnss.com.cn/html/2016/gjgkxw_0907/235236.html
51. Port news
DP World получит в 30-летнюю концессию инфраструктуру порта Бербера в Сомалиленде
http://portnews.ru/news/225731/
52. jp.wsj
ドバイのDPワールド、ソマリランドと30年の港湾管理で合意
http://jp.wsj.com/articles/SB10513819889225894892604582097510796269148
53. www.Al arab.co.uk
موانئ دبي تدير مرفأ بربرة في أرض الصومال
54.www.i24news.tv/…/115283-160601-تري-صوماليلاند
صوماليلاند تريد أن تجعل بربرة مرفأ استراتيجيا بمساعدة دبي
55. I24news TV
www.i24news.tv/…/115283-160601-تري-صوماليلاند
56.www.emaratalyoum.com
تستثمر 1.62 مليار درهم في أرض الصومال
http://www.emaratalyoum.com/business/local/2016-09-06-1.927365
57.middle east online
المشروع المعلن مع جمهورية أرض الصومال بقيمة
442
مليون دولار ويهدف لتحويل مرفأ بربرة إلى مركز تجاري
إقليمي
http://www.middle-east-online.com/?id=232204
58. www.islamicnews.org.sa
“موانئ دبي” تنال امتياز إدارة مرفأ بربرة في أرض الصومال
http://www.islamicnews.org.sa/page/public/news_details.aspx?id=178839#.V9Q8MI9OJl
59. 24.ae
أعلنت موانيء دبي العالمية الإثنين في بيان للبورصة، فوزها بامتياز يمتد 30 عاماً لإدارة و تطوير ميناء في منطقة أرض الصومال، وبما يحتاج لاستثمارات 442مليون دولار.
http://24.ae/article.aspx?ArticleId=277103
60. al arabi
إدارة مرفأ بربرة في أرض الصومال… لـ”موانئ دبي”
61. France24.com
“موانئ دبي” تنال امتياز إدارة مرفأ بربرة في ارض الصومال
62.اخبار اليمن
موانئ دبي تستحوذ على مرفأ بربرة في أرض الصومال
http://www.hadrah.net/news1677859.html
63.المغرب اليوم
http://www.almaghribtoday.net 64.http://www.raddar.co.il/External-274198.html
65- Ethiopian Foreign Policy
http://www.ethiopianforeignpolicy.com/uae-takes-over-berbera-port-of-

Written By: Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi
Email: az.almutairi@yahoo.com

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Somaliland: Sources of Campaign Financing in 2017 Presidential Election

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In a new research carried out by Center for Policy Analysis (CPA), a local Think tank organization publishes a new report on the Sources of Campaign Financing in 2017 Presidential Election in Somaliland. The new report focuses on how the election campaigns were financed by the three political parties and the amount each party spent on those campaigns.

You can download the full report in the below link:

Sources of Campaign Financing in 2017 Presidential Election  

 

 

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“Berbera Special Economy Zone Will Model Jebel Ali Freezone” DP World

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DP World Press Release

We are pleased to inform you about DP World’s agreement with the Government of the Republic of Somaliland to develop Berbera Special Economic Zone (BSEZ). The project will build on DP World’s existing operations at the Port of Berbera where the port has recently recorded the highest container volumes in its history. Berbera SEZ benefits from excellent connectivity being located less than 15km from Berbera port and is situated along the Berbera-Hargeisa highway.

DP World – which has over 35 years’ experience in developing and managing large-scale special economic zones and ports – will model the project on Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai and will position Berbera as a gateway for the region; especially for those companies looking to serve countries in the Horn of Africa and the hinterland.  Investors and tenants in the zone will enjoy the benefit of an attractive regulatory framework and the ease of doing business via a One Stop Shop.

 

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Please see a short presentation on Berbera SEZ By Clicking Here  

 

Registration of Interest

Work on the project is underway and as we expect demand for the project to be high, we are currently inviting prospective companies to submit their specific requirements for operation in the SEZ.

To register your interest in Berbera SEZ, please fill out the following form: HERE

Once we have received your response, we would be delighted to discuss your requirements in further detail and address any questions you might have about Berbera SEZ. For any immediate follow up queries please contact us on PLEZ@dpworld.com

 

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Opinion: Where Do I Stand in a Changing Region?

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Over the past six decades, the Horn of Africa has been a region of strife and conflict ravaging both the human lives and state resources. Poor leadership style in the region criminalized both the state and the economy. This is why many fellow citizens in the region believe that the conflicts and crisis in the region are a state-driven.

Somalia’s prolonged state collapse is one of the heartbreaking troubles in the region and greatly impacted on the regional peace and stability. Though it could be debatable, one of the major drivers of the Somalia’s protracted state collapse, is Somalia’s irredentism policy towards the Somali-speaking regions in the Horn. Djibouti, Somali region in Ethiopia, and the Northeastern region in Kenya could be an example. In this case, re-establishing strong state institutions in Somalia by the Somalis, could mean what, to the other states in the region? Do the regional states are honest about restoring well-built state institutions in Somalia? Do Somalis are ready to abandon their irredentism foreign policy objective? These are some thought-provoking questions.

The Republic of Somaliland, which merged with the Italian Somalia in 1960 to form the Greater Somali State in the Horn of Africa declared its withdrawal from the union in 1991, following a bitter war with the Somalia’s military regime. Somaliland has not yet attained de jure recognition from the international community. This is another dilemma in the region which needs a particular attention and consideration of all parties concerned.

The decades-long standoff between Somaliland and Somalia’s warring factions, and even the successive transitional and federal governments, have been shaped by Somalia’s political instability since the collapse of the central government in 1991. This dilemma dates back to the early decades of Somalia’s creation as a state. However, if this stand off were not settled by the concerned parties, it will bring another cycle of conflict and confrontation.

The Ethio–Eritrea border conflict is another dimension of the region’s conflicts. This conflict claimed the lives of over 70,000 people on both sides. Though the two countries are closing up a chapter of hate and hostility, what does this first round negotiation and dialogue mean to the other states in the region? Could it bring political and economic change?.

The Djibouti–Eritrea clash near Ras Doumeira is another potential conflict which may erupt sooner or later, if the two countries fail to address it. Therefore, ending the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea will definitely have an effect on this part of the region. The question is: what kind of effect it will bring?

Claiming Somalia’s territorial waters by Kenya, is a breach of the international boundaries, including territorial waters, and, without hesitation, the Kenyans has shown an interest to extend its territorial sea and jurisdiction to the Somalia waters due to the inward-looking of the Somalia politicians. This is a potential conflict which could erupt sooner or later between Somalia and Kenya.

The four-year old conflict between the Dinka and the Neur, the largest and the second largest ethnic group in South Sudan respectively, is another setback which greatly affected the prospects of the South Sudan’s state in post-independence period. Without doubt, the regional states exported their differences to South Sudan allying with the warring parties.

An oil-rich Abyei region between the two Sudans is another contested area. The two countries are claiming the possession of that part of the region. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement reached by the two sides in 2005 highlighted the importance of resolving the conflict in the contested area of Abyie. This is another potential conflict which can escalate at any time in the future if the two parties fail to resolve it.

Despite the fact that the Horn of Africa is a troubled region, I am not cynical about seeing a peaceful and a prosperous Horn African region, but, the willingness of the regional leaders to realize that ambition is discouraging. I have a grave concern over the future of the region, and returning to war in a struggle to control both the state power and natural resources in the expenses of others is inevitable and unavoidable.

I ask myself, Do the Somali leaders wherever they are aware the changing nature of the Horn? Where do they stand in this changing region? Not as individuals, but as Somali politicians and intellectuals.

 

Nasir M. Ali

Hargeisa, Somaliland

 

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