By: Latifa Yusuf Masai
DUBAI (Somalilandsun) – Somaliland’s Minister of Commerce & International Investment, Mohamed Abdilahi Omar, who is now in the UAE for the Annual Investment Conference, has today (10th April) met with the UAE Minister of Economy, Mr. Sultan Mansouri.
During the bilateral meeting, the two Ministers talked about the current trade between the UAE and Somaliland and areas that need to be developed. They have particularly focused on the possible investment projects that UAE can get involved in Somaliland, particular in the productive sectors such as fishery, hydrocarbons and cements. They also raised the role the UAE can take in helping Somaliland in developing tourism industry.
The two sides also envisaged exchange visits in a bid to streamline their trade relations and the scope for developing a sustainable and inclusive investment.
The investment conference has been attended by more 30 countries and many investors and business companies. Somaliland was one the country that has been invited to attend for the first time because of the interesting investment opportunities it offers and its political stability.
Upon conclusion of the very successful discussion which was followed by sumptuous Emirati Dinner Minister of Commerce & International Investment, Dr Mohamed Abdilahi Omar gifted his UAE counterpart Mr. Sultan Mansouri with a comprehensive an official ministerial book detailing the Somaliland investment policies and opportunities.
Dr Omar whose country Somaliland is attending the Annual Investment Conference-AIM 2014 a UAE Ministry of Economy organized event for the first time is accompanied by the director general in the ministry of Foreign affairs Mohamed Hasan both of whom , have so far managed to network with the large cadre of ministers of economy from Arab and some select African countries.