HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) — A business delegation from the People’s Republic of China has arrived in Hargeisa for investment in the country on Sunday for ten-day trip.
The Chinese investors visit follows recent trip to China by the Aviation minister, Mr. Ali Mohamed ‘Waran Adde’ and the mayor of Hargeisa, Hussein Mohamud.
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The minister inked a contract worth undisclosed amount for a Chinese firm to renovate Hargeisa’s aging Egal international airport. They are expected to arrive in the next few weeks according to sources close to the Aviation ministry. They are also expected to rehabilitate Hargeisa’s main roads. The airport is partially closed and Somaliland leaders have been traveling by road to the Ethiopian town of Jigjiga when flying abroad. Some of also been using the almost abandoned airport in the port-town of Berbera.
This is the second time within two months the Chinese business delegation has visited the country. According to the aviation minister, they are interested investing in the country’s petroleum exploration, roads, mineral resources and small factories.
The Chinese delegation will be in the country for ten days and will meet with senior leaders in the government. They will also travel to number of states in the country.
The Chinese have also promised to assist Somaliland in education and a delegation from the Ministry of Education have been invited to Beijing. They are yet to travel however books and other stationary donated by China are expected to arrive.
Photo: 14-member strong Chinese investors and press team meet with President Rayale, Aviation minister and other senior officials in March 2010.
Somalilandpress, 26 April 2010