Excellencies, Members of the business community from both Somaliland and Kenya, distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,

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Friday 30th November 2018 20:14:46 in English News by Xafiiska Hargeysa
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    Excellencies, Members of the business community from both Somaliland and Kenya, distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,

    Excellencies, Members of the business community from both Somaliland and Kenya, distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,

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Excellencies, Members of the business community from both Somaliland and Kenya, distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,








Firstly let me take this opportunity to welcome you all to this Somaliland Trade & Investment Forum which is the third in series of such Forums. The other  two having been in the United Kingdom and UAE respectively. This third Forum is the first in the African continent and therefore quite packed with symbolism.

Firstly as Somaliland’s  envoy to Kenya, I am particularly grateful to H.E the President for enabling me to be one of the key implementors of his robust and transformative foreign policy which has re-energized our focus on economic and commercial diplomacy as demonstrated by the enhanced status of Nairobi as a mission. As Somaliland’s envoy and top diplomat in Nairobi, it is my responsibility to strengthen existing relations and chart and promote new areas and actors to expand the relations between Somaliland and Kenya.






During my tour of duty in Nairobi, economic and commercial diplomacy will be the cornerstone of my work.  Economic and Commercial diplomacy is at the heart of my country’s foreign policy. This will backed by facilitation of Foreign direct Investment. It is therefore not just a mere coincidence that barely two months since being posted as Somaliland’s envoy to Kenya, my first major milestone is the hosting of an international trade and investment forum in Nairobi at the end of November 2018. Trade is increasingly becoming the most important aspect of our economy.

Somaliland has put in place a raft of policy, legislative and regulatory measures backed by an attractive and investor friendly investment code.

The Somaliland Liaison office in Nairobi is ready for business and ready to facilitate linkages between prospective businesses and investors. The welcoming charm and spirit of our people is waiting to embrace our visitors, businesses and traders seeking to establish themselves in Somaliland.






 

This Forum provides you with an important opportunity to know and understand Somaliland better and gives you a direct chance to engage with the key policy and decision makers in Somaliland. The Ministers present today will shed light on the enabling regulatory environment and incentives and broadly the opportunities that exist in the various sectors.

I do hope that besides interacting between and among yourselves as business people and networking, you will be able to identify interests that you can pursue and possibly  conclude business  deals and transactions. A dedicated networking session this afternoon has been organized after lunch and the moderators will guide you to how these have been structured and the venue.

 

 

Let me conclude once again by thanking all for your attendance.

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