By: Guleid A Maher
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The minister of energy and mineral resources Mr. Hussein Abdi Duale has returned back to from an extraordinary trip to China where he was upon invitation by the Chinese government for purpose of formalizing an energy deal with Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Co Ltd
The minister was speaking during a press conference at Egal International airport V.I.P lounge where in high spirits informed that ” for the first time in the history of the nation the government has clinched a deal of a huge magnitude to the livelihood improvement of citizens and country’s economic wellbeing”
Eng Hussein also revealed that the Chinese firm of Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Co Ltd that came to the country last month for conclusion of investment in Somaliland has since then facilitated the opening of many others doors in China especially during the just concluded visit in which meetings were held with several other Chinese concerns with an interest in a number of investments in Somaliland.
According to Eng Duale other developments from the partnership with the Chinese energy company relate to the promotion of Sino-Somaliland relations with an anticipated visit to China for government to government talks by President Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo soon and the now in advanced stages of initiation of a Chinese language news website geared towards helping familiarize Somaliland to Chinese speakers worldwide thence improved people to people interaction.
“We are also soon to start promoting our country directly in mainland china through the opening of an office in the industrial city of Guangzhou initially with the mandate of issuing visas, showcasing local investment opportunities, enhancement of inter-nations trade and Diplomatic relations between the two countries” said the Somaliland energy and minerals minister
In conclusion Energy and Minerals minister Eng Hussein Abdi Duale said that improved partnership with China is very important for the economic well being of the Horn of Africa country in view of the size of her (Chinese) economy which is expected to out strip the U.S.A in the not too long future.