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Tag Archives: East Africa


Somaliland is a functioning polity and more democratic than the rest of the Horn of Africa


Visitors arriving at Aden Adde International Airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu can be forgiven for wondering where they have landed. As the aircraft taxis toward the terminal, concrete bollards appear, painted with the distinctive white star and crescent of the Turkish flag. Shorn-headed, muscular white men in dark glasses stroll around the airfield […]


Turkey set to heavily invest in Somalia

Somali President Sheikh Sharif received in Istanbul by Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan during the second Istanbul Conference (The Christian Science Monitor)

Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, left, shakes hands with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan before he addresses a conference that aims to support Somalia in a transition process, Istanbul, Turkey, June 1, 2012. ISTANBUL — Turkey is reaching out to war-torn Somalia with a huge redevelopment effort – in Ankara’s latest effort to expand […]


The World’s Next State?


HARGEISA, Somaliland— If a country isn’t recognized, does it make a sound? Here in Somaliland, the semi-autonomous northern part of the failed state of Somalia, I discovered that the answer is an emphatic yes. The government in Mogadishu has virtually no influence in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, or over the territory’s 3.5 million residents. […]


Somaliland’s Foreign Policy: Pioneering, Promising and Progressive

In this ever-changing and unpredictable geo-political issues as well as global economic, security and diplomatic challenges, a solid and well thought foreign policy is vital for a young and yet unrecognised country, like Somaliland Republic. In a very short time, the current Somaliland Foreign Policy has transformed our country from a completely introverted and isolated […]


USAID Supports Economic Opportunities for Somali People


HARGEISA, Somaliland – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Partnership for Economic Growth was launched today in Hargeisa. The Partnership is working with Somalis to improve the environment for investment and expand economic opportunities. “We believe in the resiliency and entrepreneurial spirit of the Somali people,” said Acting USAID East Africa Mission Director, John Power. […]


UN Refugee Agency Launches Inaugural Somali Community Event in Kenya


NAIROBI (Somalilandpress)–The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has partnered with Dahabshiil, the largest international money transfer company in Africa, to host the first ever Somali community event in Kenya. The event, themed ‘Now I Know’, saw high profile Kenyan and Somali artists and musicians celebrate stories of the Somali Diaspora living in Kenya. […]


US senator voices bioterrorism fears over East African labs

Senator Dick Lugar

NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — Poorly secured medical laboratories in East Africa are posing new worries over possible bio-terrorism in a region hosting an Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group, a US senator said here Friday. Senator Dick Lugar, with a visiting Pentagon arms control expert team, told reporters that despite the absence of immediate bioterrorism threats in the […]


East Africa is next hot oil zone

NAIROBI,  (Somalilandpress) — East Africa is emerging as the next oil boom following a big strike in Uganda’s Lake Albert Basin. Other oil and natural gas reserves have been found in Tanzania and Mozambique and exploration is under way in Ethiopia and even war-torn Somalia. The region, until recently largely ignored by the energy industry, […]


US Firm Urges Affordable Internet Access for East Africa

NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — A U.S.-based organization that promotes the use of the Internet is urging leaders in east Africa to make the Internet accessible and affordable to all of their citizens. The leaders are gathering in Nairobi for a regional summit due to begin Tuesday. The Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned […]


Eritrea fanning conflict in region.

One of the frustrations with which Africa’s friends have had to repeatedly cope over the years has been the seemingly utter incapacity of the African leaders to deal with their more problematic peers: witness the annual African Union (AU) summit’s literal embrace of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe last year on the very morrow of a farcical […]


Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

HARGEISA, 16 August 2009 (Somalilandpress) – IN recent weeks, Nairobi has hosted two crucial meetings that touched on pertinent issues that deal with wealth creation. The East African Investment Forum was as important at the AGOA gathering that followed it in quick succession. Whereas AGOA included 38 African countries that export to the United States […]


East Africa gets high-speed web

The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia. The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region’s industry and commerce. The cable – […]