Category: op-ed

Implications Beyond the Recognition of Somaliland Passport

The recent development involving United Arab Emirates to accept Somaliland Passport or its recognition of Somaliland Passport as a legal travel document for ordinary Somaliland citizens, while dropping the Somali passport, is a tacit approval of nation’s main ambition of winning recognition from the world sovereign states. In addition, it is a tremendous relief that would give Somaliland business people an easy access to enormous free trade zones in Dubai and elsewhere in the Emirates. Continue reading “Implications Beyond the Recognition of Somaliland Passport”

DP World: Golden Opportunity for Somaliland

The recent DP World investment in Ber-bera Port is the largest single direct foreign investment in Somaliland so far. In this join investment, shares will be divided as follows: DP World 51%, Somaliland 30% and Ethiopia 19%. This investment will have many positive outcomes for Somaliland in terms of new revenue, overall economy, stability, recognition, and future foreign investments. In the following paragraphs, I will highlight the most essential benefits that Somaliland will reap from this investment. Continue reading “DP World: Golden Opportunity for Somaliland”

Ethiopia and UAE on the Virtue of Declaring Somaliland Sovereignty as an Independent Country from Somalia

Over the past 27 years, and despite the success achieved by Somaliland in establishing a modern and democratic government, Somaliland is yet to receive full international recognition; although scores of international players are dealing with Somaliland as De Facto state for all practical purposes. Continue reading “Ethiopia and UAE on the Virtue of Declaring Somaliland Sovereignty as an Independent Country from Somalia”

Somalia and Somaliland: Ruminations on an Interim Settlement Process

Introduction

This short meditation explores Somalia’s post-independence experiment in nation building and governance and its path to failure. This is followed by a review of the approaches and strategies of external
interventions. The piece concludes that current strategies of interventions and state building do not inspire solutions to the Somali enigma. Instead, it proposes strategy for an interim settlement process that can
be a framework for mediating a pragmatic road-map for the beginning of a viable interim settlement process. Continue reading “Somalia and Somaliland: Ruminations on an Interim Settlement Process”

State-run Development Banks: A Priority For Somaliland

Your-Excellence; first and foremost, I am diehard supporter of your initiatives aimed at curbing the inflation and the overvalued US dollar. In particular, I applaud your Excellency on the implementation of the Somaliland Shilling Mobile-Money Program. This step will illuminate 50% of the challenges we face in this front. Continue reading “State-run Development Banks: A Priority For Somaliland”

Somaliland: Why Public Announcements About FGM Are Not Effective Solution?

Today everyone talks about Female Genital Mutilation better known as FGM when they gather in fancy places like hotels. They touch familiar emotions and share stories about FGM but no actions ensue once they leave the room. So, I ask myself two questions: Are all of them so heartless?  Or this issue has never touched them? Continue reading “Somaliland: Why Public Announcements About FGM Are Not Effective Solution?”

Usage of Somaliland Shilling as E-Money is the Golden Cure for the Recurring Currency Depreciation

The Government of Somaliland has recently passed an Executive Order aimed at stabilizing the foreign exchange market and tackling the dwindling exchange rate of the Somaliland Shilling (SlSh) against the United States Dollar. Over the past couple of years, the Somaliland Shilling has dropped from SlSh 6,500 to the Dollar to about SlSh10,000 or almost 54%. However, it should be noted that compared to the Region’s other Continue reading “Usage of Somaliland Shilling as E-Money is the Golden Cure for the Recurring Currency Depreciation”

A Response to Michael Keating: A Parameter that Guides the Foreign Policy Doctrine of Somaliland

Statement Background

I would like to put the record straight on the report titled; ‘’Statement of the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General to Somalia to UN Security Council’’ (Keating, 2018). The statement never explains the achievement and the marvel of socioeconomic and political development of Somaliland. On the contrary, to some degree, the report emasculates to a single paragraph, i.e. the peaceful transition of power transfer Continue reading “A Response to Michael Keating: A Parameter that Guides the Foreign Policy Doctrine of Somaliland”