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Kuwaiti engineers arrive in Somaliland

BERBERA (Somalilandpress) — A delegation of civil engineers have arrived in Somaliland’s port town of Berbera on Monday from the Arab country of Kuwait.

The delegation consisting of eight engineers arrived in Berbera airport 10am on Monday and were warmly welcomed to the country by Mr Ali Mohamed ‘Waran Adde’, the Civil Aviation Minister and Ali Omar Mohamed, Berbera Port Manager.

According to the minister the delegation will stay in the country for four days and will assess the airports of Berbera and Hargeisa. The engineers will conduct airspace review and cost estimate for initial development of new rehabilitation plans for the two airports and report back to the Kuwaiti government. Mr Ali added the Kuwaiti government will cover the cost for both airports.

The Kuwaiti engineers are expected to arrive in the capital in the hours to meet with senior government ministers as well as the President.

The two airports are in desperate need of rehabilitation works as one of them is no longer fully functioning as airliners refused to use it’s runways. The airliners say it’s no longer safe to land their planes on parts of Egal International airport in the capital. While the landscape of Berbera airport, considered to be one of the longest in Africa at 4,140m, is literally covered with abandoned plane wrecks. Now days, even the ministers use the airport in Jigjiga in nearing Ethiopia when traveling abroad.
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In August of 2009, Mr Ali announced  that his Ministry signed a contract with a Chinese firm to expand and renovate the 50-year old airport in Hargeisa but the project remains a pipe dream. Now people in Somaliland question the Minister and his government’s ambitious plans and promises. Most now believe the government is lying to the public in order to be re-elected.

The Kuwaiti government has also promised to rehabilitate and renovate the main hospital in the town of Sheikh where the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has a private holiday estate.

The government promised to spend US$1.5 million on the Soviet Union constructed hospital and the Red Crescent of Kuwait will maintain it. The engineers are expected to travel to the town and assess planned projects for the town.

The visit by the Kuwaiti engineers to Somaliland will properly go unnoticed in the country as people are sick of the government’s lies and fake promises. The people of Somaliland continue to ask: Whatever happened to the German firm that was suppose to construct US$500 million coal-power stations, cement factory, the opal and gem factory in Berbera? Where are the Chinese investors? The EASSY cable? Whatever happened to the Berbera free zone and Corridor?

Poll: Keeba caad, beenta Waran Cade mise warankisa?

Somalilandpress | Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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  • Abraham

    That is why we need a strong independent justice system and police force to bring to account any criminal minister or government for misleading the public. Right after the election, the first thing the Somaliland public should demand is independence and reform of the entire justice system and security services. No president or government should ever have full control of the military, police, and the courts. In addition to that, the parliament should do its job and investigate any wrong doing on the government's side.

    • Hussein

      The military is currently independent force and is under Nux Tani, a civilian man.

      I think we need a body that monitors and decides who much a government can lie and in the meantime I suggest Somaliland media to investigate these claims by the administration.

      All lies and they dont get it, there is limits to your lies, do they think we are stupid?

  • Gobaad

    If the UDUB government was lying to Somalilanders, it will reflect on their re-election because election time is when the power shift to the public. That is why I should encourage Somalilanders inay codkooda ku ciil baxaan.

    Vote for change.

  • Nas

    Dear Somalilandpress, You also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab business elite.

  • Nas

    Dear Somalilandpress, You also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab businessman.

  • Nas

    Somalilandpress, You also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab businessman.

  • Nas

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab businessman.

    • Nas

      Dear Somalilandpress, You also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.
      .

    • Nas

      S/L Press also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.

  • faisal

    Somaliland, under udub party leadership succeeded to convince international investors to invest their money in Somaliland. companies like Total and Aljabiri Ltd, contributed a lot to the Gross National Product of the republic.

    People of Somaliland clearly know how difficult it is to gain foreign direct investment if your country is unrecognised and locates geographically unstable and war ravaged place. therefore in my conclusion Somaliland leadership has done a lot and for sure many more is still missing, and this current system knows how, instead of bringing new failed team we all ready rejected.

    Vote for Udub, the party that unities all somaliland citizens.

    • Hassan

      Total pays Rayale $20 000 p/a and makes profits in the millions for its monopoly on the gas and petrol supply for the country. By far the worst thing to even mention, Rayale does not even say Total any more.

      Al Jibiri also has total monopoly on Somaliland livestock taking animals per head for $30 when in reality he sells them on Saudi market for $300-500.

      Are you sleeping faisal or your just not aware of things in this world?

      • faisal

        hassan glad to see your response on my comment,, you never mentioned some thing new apart from the cheep propoganda that opposition parties feed the society day and night. "Total pays Rayale $20.000 p/a" that is 20.000 per year as you arguing,, amazing that is the cheapest propoganda i heard this year,, would you take 20.000 from total for all the year-long? . I hope you fully aware that the idea of Total was started at the time of our former president Egal "may Allah bless him and give hive janah" and if you know any thing about international business , this idea was merely about to build Country profile and show the international community that this country is credit worthy, and to update you that agreement is reconsidered and shortened the time frame. Second investor Aljabiri just only following the footsteps of total after open and free competition with other arab investors he is the one that won the construction of animal health check laboratory which is certified and approved the gulf countries. Oh' Yes, i'm not sleeping but can not be lyied, exporting livestock is open to every person with the condition of the government requirments of that only examined animals can exit the country.

    • Somalilander

      For your info Total was not brought by Pres.Riyale but by Mr. Olaad owner of Daallo Airlines.

      A tale of two companies
      By Scudder, Brian
      Publication: African Business
      Date: Monday May 1, 2000
      ***************************************************************
      "The investment is about $3.5m, of which Daallo Group owns 30% and Total Mer Rouge 70%, says Yassin. "Initially the idea was that Daallo Airlines could get fuel for its aircraft in Berbera. The other rationale in the investment was to give enough fuel storage facilities to the fuel suppliers in Somaliland and beyond. The Joint Venture will also rehabilitate the aviation fuel facilities in Hargeysa Airport by the second quarter of this year."

      Guy Camilleri, terminal manager at the Berbera Total Red Sea, says phase one of rehabilitation of the Berbera depot has been completed, allowing a projected throughput of 80,000 cubic metres of refined oil in 2000. Now they are starting the aviation work as well as marine and inland.

      "In the future we would like to rehabilitate the inland service stations," he says. "We are not the sole importer. The aim is to create competition domestically. The airport is just the beginning. In Hargeysa we are starting to refurbish the old tanks fuel lines and filters. If business increases we will put feeds in to Berbera port."
      **********************************************************

  • Nas

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab businessman.

  • omar

    the hole somaliland is one big lie how can you live while knowing your brothers and sister are being killed everyday in the south??

    • Hassan

      who cares about the South they killing each others thats their issues.

  • Ahmed

    Somaliland's nation building has been a process, where foreigners contributed very little. Our people buildt Somaliland, and we have come very far, compared to other wartorn nations. We should be proud of our little acheivements.

    There are many different groups that are vehemently agains our progress. Surely, Somaliland government would have been very glad to have impressive projects to show of prior to this election, in order to be elected. But they can not force investors, no matter how how hard they try.
    I remmeber, the Italian ambasodor comming to Somaliland and announcing that Italy, under the EU is going to invest 500 million dolars in Berbera port. This was right after, Dubai port started taking over Djibouti port. Nothing materialised about the Italian project. What could our government do, nothing.

    strong forces have been resisting our progress. May be we should be realistic about, the games others play with us, including our government….

    • Somali-Way-Ogaden

      No, let me correct you, due to that sadistic Barre regime, and some unjustifiable atrocities, a couple of dishonest men up north forgot where they came from after selling their souls and letting the snakes into our house because we all know how the snake targets the weak.

      • Jambale

        What's with you and snakes and how are your "snakes" related to this topic?

        Please dont just write for the sake of getting exposure, be logical and make sense and enough with the snakes. You watched, Snakes on the plane?

        • Somali-Way-Ogaden

          Good movie in my opinion, but just remember how we were bitten. Its almost a duty for me to warn you of potential harm. And I actually do think I've made more sense than the above guy who suggests people are against him, half the people posting are kaffir who are probably on a payroll so id rather get the exposure just as they have! Am, I wrong?

  • Nas

    Dear Somalilandpress, You also forgotten to mention the bogus oil/drilling contract between S/Land gov and Michael Jackson brother (NO JOKE) "so-called" oil company in 2002.

    Dear readers, I am soo sceptical with any press announcements made by this government. The administration of Riyale cannot even collect TAXs, build road links between major cities like Hargeysa and Burao and has crippled Berbera port!

    The only noticeable business achievement Riyale admin has created was the monopolisation of Somali livestock to a single Saudi Arab business elite.

  • Somamission

    Understand – it is not the government. Nobody is willing to invest in a unrecognize entity.

    • Jubba

      The government is not qualified to run the country, recognized or unrecognized. Business is business and you don't need a visa to do business but basic entrepeneural skills and management.

  • hassan

    who care about recognition….the south is recognize and still starving.

  • aayjeex

    Dear Somaliland Press,

    The EASSY CABLE is longer liers but a reality and expected to land before the end of the year in Berbera. This project makes Berbera Port the ICT Hub in the Horn of Africa connecting the whole East Coast of Africa and the rest of the world. it seems to me your repoter doesn’t have a full update about the project and the progress that has been made, we are aware some shortcomings that is orchestered to jeorpadize the delivery of EASSY Project in Berbera in collaboration with some unpatriotic elements, but the Government and the people of Somaliland are aware of these tricks and will make sure the project to go in live. The landing of EASSY CABLE in Berbera will spur the economic development of the Somaliland and create more job orppotunities in the country. it is the duty of all people of Somaliland to work towards the realization of this project, which is a critical component in Social Economic development and connectivity.

  • rashid

    they all fagash and need to be kicked (out)

  • omararm

    I regret to write this but it is better to face the fact and figure, President Riyale had a golden chance, he has already maintained his requirements so it time to leave the country he already enough bucks suffiecent for the rest of his life. So Please leave us and we will ellect the appropriate presidnet who capable to rehabilitate and renovate the country.

  • Salma

    A couple of weeks ago when I doubted the much hippied major projects that were to be implemented in Hargeisa and in other cities in the country, few die hard governments supporters responded to my comment with anger. I just want to say now; WHOT DID I SAY?
    Riyale and his adminstration seem to take us in for fools. They came up with the most rediculious propaganda that will get them in hot water were they in developed countries. I thought regardless of our level of development, we are unique people with strong sense of understanding and sensiblity and we will dismiss such lies or over ambitious plans, but unfortunately, most believed it and nowtheir disappointment and frustration is evident. I hope they use it constructively and dismis the liers all togather at once and for all.

  • Boqoljireh

    I believe the people of Kuwait and their governments and they help the world at large. They are famous of teaching people how to fish instead of giving fish for the day and they always help the poor countries all over the world. Kuwaitis are not like other Arab countries and they are more democratic. They are the only democracy in the Arabian Gulf and unique in this part of the world politically and socially. I personally know that they are in middle of helping Somaliland and they have helped before.

    The only place in Somaliland we everybody has a clear tap water in his home is Sheikh town and Kuwait have done this, even without Mr.Riyaale knows it. I have worked with a project of helping Sheikh Secondary instead of SOS, but Mr.Riyaale government has interfered at the last stage, especially Hassan Gadhweyne. I will not divulge further about this, but this is the reality of this government. I am sure I will say what I know one day very soon.

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