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Dishonest Broker – Why Turkey Will Not Run Somaliland – Somalia Talks

On December 28, 2018, Turkey named its former Ambassador to Somalia Dr. Olgan Bekar as a Special Envoy for Somalia and Somaliland Talks. Thought the former Ambassador to Somalia has had limited contact with the Government of Somaliland especially President Bihi's current administration, he known to be very comfortable in navigating the political scene in...

Ministry of Agriculture Development and Chinese Company Agree to Castor Plantation in 40% of Wajale Plains

On September 1st, the Minister of Agricultural Development Mr. Ahmed Mumin Seed announced that his ministry has reached an agreement with a Chinese company to farm castor plant on Wajale plains. https://youtu.be/V50RFlKK-jY Minister Moumin, accompanied by Chinese company representatives and Mr. Abdullahi Abdi Moussa who announced that...

Somaliland Government Orders its Media Outlets to become ‘Fair and Balanced’

In an unprecedented move, the Ministry of Information and National Guidance ordered all government-owned media outlets to allow opposition voices an equal coverage. In a circular addressed to the Radio Hargeisa, Somaliland National Television, Dawan newspaper, and all other government-owned media outlets, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Information and National Guidance...

Auditor-General Arrests Multiple Government Officials on Corruption Across Somaliland

In the last few weeks, officials from the Somaliland Auditor-General have been conducting investigations at multiple government agencies including local governments, and have announced multiple arrests across the country. In an interview given to the VOA Somali, Mr. Ahmed Yusuf Dirir, the Auditor General of Somaliland announced the arrests and stated that criminal...

Guban View: Kudos to President Bihi for Bringing Big Commodity Trader Trafigura to Berbera Oil Terminal

The  Bihi administration got it right for bringing to Somaliland, Trafigura Group Pte,  the world’s second-biggest independent oil and industrial metals trader. Trafigura will help the Somaliland Government’s efforts to transform the Berbera port as a strategic hub in the Horn of Africa region where the demand for energy is growing year on year.—-which could spur economic...

Misplaced Priority: Why the Ministry of Communication and Technology Spent $580,000 on a Publicity Stunt

On August 31st, the Ministry of Communication and Technology unveiled the latest sophisticated equipment from signals intelligence firm TCI International to manage Somaliland's airwaves or spectrum. According to the Minister, Dr. Abdiweli Abdulahi Sufi, this makes Somaliland the 27th country in Africa to have the ability to manage its airwaves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rfe9Yqla5A

Somaliland Parliament set to Vote on Election Bill and Gender Quota

The current Somaliland parliament has been in office for 15 years due to elections postponed several times. Elections were scheduled to be last year on 27 March and were postponed ones again by the Electoral Commission. On July 12, 2020, the three political parties made an agreement to finally hold parliamentary elections in late 2020. However,...

Trafigura Conglamorate to become Somaliland’s Exclusive Petroleum Products Supplier

On September 2nd, the oil tanker MT Omair docked in Berbera port to unload 14,000 metric tons of diesel into Berbera oil terminals. According to Somaliland government officials, this is the largest shipment of fuel to ever arrive in Somaliland. According to the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Hon. Mohamoud Hassan Saad...

Somaliland’s State of Energy

SLPA Q3 Analytical Op-Ed- by Engineer Abdisamed Artan Developing countries have one large need limiting their ability to progress and advance – access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. After all, companies and societies cannot thrive sustainably without access to reasonable electricity and petroleum products. While this pressing issue happens in developing...

How to Govern Inefficiently: Necessary Travel or Tourist Ministers?

In this series, we will examine the impact of constant road trips by Somaliland government officials who often travel in large convoys to the furthest reaches of Somaliland to 'supervise' or cut the ribbon on a project. While work-related travel is not at all unusual for any business including the government, in...

Civilian injured as Police Prevent Major Tribal Leader from Crossing into Somaliland

One civilian was injured today as Somaliland Police prevented the Chief Aqil of one of Somaliland's main clans from entering Somaliland. Cellphone video shows heavy police deployment and sound of gunfire as an injured civilian was loaded onto an ambulance. Although no official statement was released by the government on why Ugaas Abdirashiid...

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