Somaliland Business Fund to Launch in London

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SBF better futureSomalilandsun- The Government of Somaliland and the World Bank are jointly hosting the launch of the Somaliland Business Fund at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London on October 2, 2012, at10:00am – 2:00pm.

The Somaliland Business Fund aims to mobilize the creative energy and resources of the private sector to strengthen private enterprises, increase incomes and create new sustainable employment opportunities and thereby improve the lives of Somalilanders.

This event is targeting prospective entrepreneurs that would like to learn about the support provided by the Government of Somaliland and the Somaliland Business Fund to new investors.

RSVP is required by September 30, 2012.

The Somaliland Business Fund website [www.somalilandbusinessfund.com] provides information about the objective and selection criteria in the application process.

Below is the invitation and the agenda of the event :

The Government of Somaliland and the World Bank Invite You to the

Launch of the Somaliland Business Fund

Tuesday – 2 October 2012

Radisson Blu Portman Hotel

22 Portman Square

London W1H7BG

10:00-10:05 Welcoming Remarks

Najeeb Hashi, Project Coordinator, The World Bank

10:05-10:15 Introduction of the Somalia Private Sector Development Re-engagement Programme

Michael Engman, Senior Economist, The World Bank

10:15-10:45 Trading and Investing in Somaliland

Saad Ali Shire, Minister of Planning and Development, Government of Somaliland

10:45-11:15 Business Registration and Licensing Reforms – Introducing One Stop Business Centres

Abib Ahmed Ali, Director General, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Government of Somaliland

11:15-11:45 Introduction to the Somaliland Business Fund: Accessing Finance for Investment

Denis Dunn, Fund Manager, Somaliland Business Fund.

11:45-13:00 Open floor: Q&A

13:00-13:10 Closing Remarks

Tom Croft, Somalia Desk, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

13:10-14:00 Halal Light Food and Mingling

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