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Based on the Somaliland Civil Aviation Authority Law (Law No. 70/2017) dated December 26,
2017, the Republic of Somaliland reaffirms its unwavering commitment to aviation sovereignty
with the enactment of the emphasizing its inherent right to independently manage its airspace.
Below are a few key points related to this topic:

  1. Historical Evolution:
  • Since Somaliland reclaimed its independence, in 1991, Somaliland strategically
    focused on rebuilding its civil aviation infrastructure, aligning with international
    standards.
  • Notable progress in modernizing airports, particularly in Hargeisa and Berbera,
    reflects Somaliland’s dedication to self-sufficiency and international compliance.
  1. Legal Modernization:
  • The Somaliland Civil Aviation Authority Law establishes robust control of the
    nation’s airspace, empowering the newly formed authority with comprehensive
    functions and responsibilities.
  • Covering strategy, policy, offenses, passenger protection, and emergency
    services, the law boldly asserts Somaliland’s sovereign right to independently
    regulate its civil aviation activities in line with International Civil Aviation
    Organization (ICAO) standards.
  1. International Commitments:
  • Somaliland, resolute in its autonomy, has issued resolutions emphasizing swift
    compliance with ICAO standards and industry best practices.
  • Presidential Decree No. 0223/042012 underscores Somaliland’s objective to
    independently align with global aviation norms, reinforcing its right to self-
    determination.
  1. Ongoing Challenges:
  • Despite challenges and unilateral actions by the Somali Federal Government,
    Somaliland remains committed to diplomatic talks for collaborative solutions to
    airspace management issues.
  • Ongoing discussions highlight Somaliland’s persistence in asserting its sovereign
    right to manage its airspace accordingly.
    Conclusion: Somaliland’s enactment of the robust legal framework underscores not only its
    commitment to international aviation standards but also its inherent right to autonomously
    manage its airspace. The ongoing challenges further emphasize the importance of diplomatic
    dialogue for resolving airspace management issues and

Somaliland Strategic Advisory Group (SL-SAG)
Email: somalilandsag@gmail.com Website: www.slsag.org Tell: (703) 775-0177

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