Archive for the ‘Somaliland’ Category

Somaliland: External Investment, Intensifying Internal Competition

Via African Arguments, commentary on Somaliland and its drive to attract investment and economic growth: The de facto state of Somaliland has earned the reputation of an island of peace, democracy and stability in an otherwise tumultuous Horn of Africa region. Yet this narrative, carefully curated over more than three decades, threatens to come crashing […]

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Somaliland’s Oil Find Could Reset The Regional Balance

Via The Conversation, a report on how the presence of oil in Somaliland has raised the stakes in Somaliland’s claim for independence from Somalia as it holds the potential for a new stream of revenue for the semi-autonomous state: What is Somaliland’s hydrocarbon potential? In 2020, Norwegian seismic survey company, TGS, estimated that the Somali basin […]

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Somaliland: Has Genel Energy Discovered Oil in Salaxley?

Via Oil News Kenya, an article on Days after a war of words over the legality of Genel’s Energy license to explore in Somaliland one of the seven Federal Member States of Somalia (though largely autonomous with little or no control from Mogadishu) there are mixed messages by the regions Ministry of Energy and Minerals […]

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The Somali Gold Rush Endangering Frankincense and Myrrh

Via BBC, a report on how a modern-day gold rush in Somaliland is putting the ancient perfume trade in frankincense and myrrh at risk: “The gold, frankincense and myrrh brought by the three wise men to baby Jesus definitely came from here,” said the old man sitting in the dust under a tree. I met Aden […]

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Somalia: Port of Berbera – Dubai Invests in Horn of Africa Shipping

Via AllAfrica, a look at how Dubai-based DP World is expanding its operations in Somaliland as part of a plan to turn the breakaway region into a major trade hub: The two new cranes towering over a huge cargo ship are tall enough to reach even the highest of the containers that are stacked up five […]

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China Fumes as Somaliland Refuses to Unfriend Taiwan

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at Somaliland’s commitment to Taiwan: Shortly after a fire destroyed the biggest market in this independence-minded region of Somalia, a senior Chinese diplomat asked permission to visit to pay his respects. Fei Shengchao, Beijing’s ambassador to Somalia, told Somaliland authorities he wanted to discuss how China could […]

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