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Old July 28th, 2011, 06:54 AM   #81
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Can't say that Im surprised. Let's face it, there is no Somali adminstration poltically mature enough to deal with the issues of oil. I never took the date seriously. This is not a dig against Puntland, I would say the same about SL.
The rig landed in June, the chief drilling company put its stock back on the ASX on July 27, and Africa Oil went to the ground (and was harassed) on July 26, with RR director making the statement about the new dates the same day. Everything points to the spudding actually occurring on-date. The security detail has just complicated the information process. What surprises me more isn't that we didn't hear about a spud but the reasons behind the lack of information.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:01 AM   #82
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Some telecom news from Somaliland:

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Somaliland: Telecommunication companies agree on Interconnection

HARGEISA (SomalilandPress)— Today at a historic signing Somaliland’s telecommunication companies signed an agreement to allow interconnection for their consumers. The agreement will allow consumers to call out of network coverage without having to change SIM card or phone number. In the past each Somaliland’s telecommunication operators offered services to their own customers on their own network with no interconnection to different operator.

The event at the Mansoor Hotel Somaliland’s Vice President Abdirahman Ismail Ali (Saylici) said this is a historic moment for the country, clients will no longer have to carry with them several phones or SIM Cards so that they can communicate with others. The Vice President went on to say today’s five company signings will reduce the frustration that the consumers have had with the country’s telecommunication companies which were seen as not consumer friendly.

With the exception of Telesom, the country’s five other operators Africa Online, Telecom, SomTel, National Link and SolTeco have all agreed to the terms and pricing of interconnection.

SomalilandPress reporter Abdiqani Baynah who was present at the ceremony spoke with several attendees whom all have welcomed the notion of being able to call directly between subscribers on different network carriers.
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Somaliland: Telesom unveils country’s first 3G network



HARGEISA(SomalilandPress)—Telesom Company Somaliland’s largest national telecommunications operator today unveils the country’s first 3G mobile network service at a well rehearsed grand opening ceremony at the city’s Freedom Park. Telesom which was founded in Hargeisa, Somaliland in 2001 has surpassed the rest with its quality pioneering technology and quality service since its inception. Present at the ceremony from the government were Minister of Justice Hussein Ahmed Aideed, Minister of Social Service Professor Ismail Mumin Aar, and Minister of Commerce Mr. Abdirizak Khalif Ahmed also spoke at the ceremony.


Telesom Company has been known for its innovative strategy in Somaliland’s telecommunication market by being the first to unveil the country’s first mobile banking “ZAAD” service in late 2009 which has been an important life line for millions of Somalis in East Africa. In February 2010 it followed with the inauguration of the country’s first solar powered mobile phone system which allowed urban resident to connect with their nomadic family members.

Mr. Mohamd Salah Abdi who is one of the managing directors of Telesom spoke who spoke at the said “this is a testament of our commitment to innovate the market by deploying 3G network service in Somaliland which will allow our customers to have video and audio streaming, video chat and high-speed internet access the first in the Horn of Africa. This 3G technology will offer advanced mobile broadband services to not only Telesom consumers but also to the business community in Somaliland.

About Telesom
Telesom is one of the leading and most respected names in Somaliland which not only continues to bring innovation and connect this unrecognized republic but also contribute to the development of the community. Telesom funds many of the leading high learning institutions in the country as well as underprivileged students, funds and sponsors social events and brings awareness. They also contribute to the rehabilitation of roads and are currently the main investor of Borama-Dilla highway.
http://somalilandpress.com/somalilan...-network-22951
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Old October 4th, 2011, 09:13 AM   #83
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This seems Mogadishu-centric but an interesting video. There is a video provided by the link but I can't embed it as it is not a Youtube/Dailymotion video.

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Somalia business sector set for transformation

The long fighting between rival groups has forced the city's main markets and business hubs to seize operation with the traders relocating to markets and trade centers.

Most of the Somalia community have flocked into business sector as their main source of livelihood and many have preferred to open up their stalls due to the current peace prevailing in Mogadishu after the latest end of combat in the capital. The main central market of Bakara, Baad Market as well as the roads that lead to this market have been reopened by the Somalia government.

Somalia before the civil war had a number of ports and international airports. Two of the ports are currently handling large volumes of cargo to and from many countries following both local efforts and international investment.

Business is slowly reviving here in the Somali capital Mogadishu . Roads and markets that were also non operational for close to four years have also been reopened.

Hussein Ali a tailor in Mogadishu says that the roads were impassable before but since fighting halted in early August, he has been able to move freely to the biggest markets of the capital and managed to fill his store with materials for his business. He also hopes for peace to prevail in Mogadishu and urges all parties to choose peace for the betterment of the whole Somali society.

With the main roads accessible now and markets slowly reopening, experts say it is more likely that Somalia business sector is set for major transformation.
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News from Somaliland.

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HARGEISA (SomalilandPress) Telesom Communication, one of the leading telecommunication providers in Somaliland has promised to take greater role in the advancement of University of Hargeisa. According to Ali Mohamed Salah (Ali Cajab) relations manager during his speech at University of Hargeisa’s commencement yesterday Mr. Salah said “first and foremost I would like to congratulate the class of 2011 and specially to the 8 graduating students who are my colleagues at Telesom.” Mr. Salah went onto say that today’s graduating class also has 10 students who were recipients of Telesom academic scholarship during their four years of education.”

Telesom communication is known for its endowment towards University of Hargeisa in recent years, as the telecommunication company added to the university two additional lecture halls. Ali Mohamed wrap up by saying Telesom’s strong relationship with the management of University of Hargeisa has been beneficial to the students and future of education in Somaliland in general.

Telesom Communication is known for its innovations in Somaliland telecommunication sector. Telesom is the first company to bring mobile banking “ZAAD” in 2009 and more recently the country’s first 3G networks the first in the Horn of Africa.
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SF Swiss Financial Bank Investment set to open branch in Somaliland


HARGEISA (SomalilandPress)—Swiss Financial Bank the owners of Banque De Depot Eet De Credit Djibouti (BDCD) today annouced their intention of opening a Somaliland co-shared bank in the country. Their current branch in Djibouti offers range of products and diverse services from agriculture credit to Islamic Savings banking account.

Speaking to Somalilandpress.com/SDWO.com at a meeting held in Hargeisa, Pierre Marazzato the Managing Director and Sales manager of SF Swiss Financial Bank said “we intend on opening a branch of our bank in somaliland where by Somaliland citizens will own 60% and 40% owned by SF Swiss Financial Bank”. Mr. Marazzato went on to say that Somaliland citizens should get the higher percent because there are the owners of the country and should benefit from this partnership. Pierre marazzato concluded by saying once legislators pass the new banking law, we will be the first to open a branch in Somaliland.

This news is seen as a judgment to Somaliland’s democratization and development thus will connect the unrecognized country to the global market. Speaking after Mr. Marazzato was Somalialnd Banking Director Mr. Abdi Dirir Abdi who said the country urgently needs international banking sector because that will help the development of the country and bring in new investors into the country. Another guest speaker at the event was Djibouti Minister of Commerce Mr. Abdillahi Ahmed Abdi who spoke about his country’s experience with SF Swiss Financial Bank and how 51% of Banque De Depot Credit Djibouti is owned his country and the rest SF Swiss Financial Bank. Few of the country’s top businessmen were also in attendance from Haji Ahmed Dahir (Baxsane), Mohamed Ali managing director of Omaar Trading and Suldan Ali Koshin traditional leader and scholar of Banking and graduate of Georgetown University in the USA.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 04:20 AM   #85
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Somalia | Business, Economy and Infrastructure GENERAL THREAD!

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I am a new, (ex-lurker) of this forum. I hope everyone are doing well.

I have a general (perhaps a noob) question about Somalia's economy & infrastructure:

1) Who would invest in Somalia's infrastructure? For example, improving it's roads, building hospitals etc.

As far as I am aware, there aren't a central government that could fund say a private contractor.

Would the international community fund such a thing and if so, what would be in it for them?

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Old October 5th, 2011, 05:41 AM   #86
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Welcome to the forum, T3ST!

We already had a Somali economy discussion thread going on so I merged it with the current discussion.

In my opinion, it will be up to the diaspora in the beginning stages, to invest in Somalia's infrastructure, until foreign companies feel comfortable enough in the stability of the area to invest (there are projects in some areas however). They are already doing this right now, in lieu of conventional financing options through traditional finance options such as remittance services, in the form of private enterprises. Hospitals and health infrastructure is built usually in cooperation with NGOs who have operations in the country that are safe enough.
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Welcome to the forum, T3ST!

We already had a Somali economy discussion thread going on so I merged it with the current discussion.

In my opinion, it will be up to the diaspora in the beginning stages, to invest in Somalia's infrastructure, until foreign companies feel comfortable enough in the stability of the area to invest (there are projects in some areas however). They are already doing this right now, in lieu of conventional financing options through traditional finance options such as remittance services, in the form of private enterprises. Hospitals and health infrastructure is built usually in cooperation with NGOs who have operations in the country that are safe enough.
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Are there many NGOs for Somalia's roads?
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Hi all

I am a new, (ex-lurker) of this forum. I hope everyone are doing well.
Welcome.

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I have a general (perhaps a noob) question about Somalia's economy & infrastructure:

1) Who would invest in Somalia's infrastructure? For example, improving it's roads, building hospitals etc.

As far as I am aware, there aren't a central government that could fund say a private contractor.

Would the international community fund such a thing and if so, what would be in it for them?

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The Somali diaspora at the moment is the main investor in Somalia's infrastructure, but countries such as the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Malaysia, China, Iran and the EU have invested in building hospitals, modern live-stock facilities and expanding/maintaining roads, as you can see from the general construction topic.

Investment in Somalia has a myriad of positive side-effects, from providing employment, creating opportunities, to raising the standard of living, which would serve as a direct obstacle to extremism and a deterrent to outward-migration.

The countries and entities I mentioned above also have economic motives for their assistance and investment, as Somalia has alot of potential for the future. Malaysia and the Gulf countries are interested in Somali live-stock, China is interested in Somali oil and fisheries, Iran and the EU have a history of importing Somali agricultural commodities, and Turkey sees a foothold in Somalia as an opening into East Africa because of the large Somali merchant network established there.

With a slow return to an accountable Somali government, that can protect investments, you will see a return to the large-scale infrastructural projects of prewar times.
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Turkcell pinpoints Libya, Somalia as expansion targets
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According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile phone operator by subscribers, is in the midst of formalising an approach to enter the Libyan wireless market, following the recent political shift in the country. Back in July 2009 Turkcell announced its intention to bid for a unified telecoms licence in Libya, in competition with UAE-based Etisalat. A year later, in July 2010, Libya’s General Telecommunications Authority (GTA) announced that it had refused both offers, concluding that neither proposal was satisfactory. However, Turkcell general manager Sureyya Ciliv now says that his company declined the concession due to the perceived lack of a level playing field; both of Libya’s operational cellcos Libyana and Al Madar are wholly-owned by the state via Libya Post and Telecommunications Information Technology (LPTIC).

Speaking at a press event to mark the fifth anniversary of the company’s call centre in Erzurum, Ciliv told a small group of journalists that the Libyan government also sounded out Turkcell regarding the construction of a fibre-optic transmission network, but once more Turkcell declined. When questioned regarding its intentions to enter the Libyan market, the enigmatic Ciliv declared: ‘Our friends are working on the issue’. The general manager also added that Turkcell has designs on entering the Somalian telecoms sector, providing no further details. - Source
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Ex-lawmaker lobbies to bring ConocoPhillips back to Somalia

By Kevin Bogardus - 09/18/11 06:00 AM ET

A former member of Congress is lobbying to bring a major oil company back to Somalia. The Moffett Group, headed up by former Rep. Toby Moffett (D-Conn.), has been hired by the Puntland State of Somalia to encourage ConocoPhillips to reinvest in oil-rich tracts of land the company owns in the region but abandoned in 1991.

"I don't want to kick the daylights of Conoco. I just want to ask them what their plans are," Moffett, chairman of the firm, told The Hill.

Under the contract, his firm’s compensation is $10,000 per month, according to Moffett. The agreement lasts a year.

Located on the very tip of the Horn of Africa, Puntland has been an autonomous state since 1998.

Documents filed by the firm with the Justice Department say Moffett and others will represent the Puntland government before the Obama administration, Congress and other U.S. entities.

“It will work towards the goals of promoting peace, security and political stability in Puntland through socio-economic development and helping Puntland benefit from its own natural resources,” the documents say.

Also included with the Justice records is a June 7 letter from the president of Puntland, Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud Farole, to Moffett.

The letter says ConocoPhillips abandoned its oil exploration activities in Puntland in 1991 when the Somali central government in Mogadishu collapsed, leading to 20 years of civil war and splintered government.

“The peace, security and political stability in Puntland can be sustained through socio-economic development, such as better schools and hospitals, construction of public infrastructure, light industry, and job-creation. As such, it is a matter of urgency that Puntland needs to benefit from its own natural resources, including potential oil reserves,” the letter states.

The letter asks Moffett to help find “a tangible solution” to ConocoPhillips’s “inactivity” in the country.

Moffett said he plans to contact Conoco to ask them about what they plan to do with their oil interests in Somalia.

“It needs to develop them. Yes, we're going to have conversations with Conoco and politely ask them what their plans are,” Moffett said. “Depending on what they plan to do, they may face questions from Congress and from NGOs, asking why they are sitting on natural resources that could help Puntland when the country is struggling so.”

Moffett said he is familiar with senior figures tied to Conoco. Ruth Harkin, the wife of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Ken Duberstein, former Reagan White House chief of staff and chairman and CEO of the lobby firm, the Duberstein Group, serve on the oil company’s board of directors.

Moffett will have a difficult case to make.

Security is an issue in the region where armed gangs and pirates are prevalent and have attacked oil company officials in the past. But Moffett points to a new deal reached between leaders of several regional Somali governments, including Puntland, which is designed to put a long-lasting national government back in place.

“It is not without merit, that position,” Moffett said, referring to security concerns. “I think the historic agreement is going to change that so that Puntland will be even more stable. It gives the Obama administration and U.S. companies a foundation for reexamining the situation.” - Source
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Somalia: Puntland Livestock Law Being Developed

The government of Puntland State of Somalia is developing a new livestock law as part of an effort to boost livestock sector, Radio Garowe reports.

A seminar organized by the Somali Animal Health Service Project (SAHSP) is being held in Garowe. Some 30 persons are attending the three-day conference, including government officials, parliamentarians, Chamber of Commerce and Industry officers, and veterinarians.

Nur Ahmed Yusuf, Puntland's deputy livestock minister, told the participants that the livestock law is in draft phase and requires finalization by the Puntland parliament.

SAHSP program officer Dr. Mohamed Abdikadir Jama said the purpose of the seminar was to review the livestock laws of Puntland State.

The three-day seminar aims to address and discuss key issues relating to livestock, including livestock law and animal health policies. - Source
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Old October 6th, 2011, 09:55 PM   #92
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If Conoco went back into Somalia, that would definitely be a slam dunk as far as oil exploration was concerned. I dunno if Puntland and this former congressman can do it, but I bid them good luck.
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Turkey's minister to contractors: "Be ready to go to Somalia"


Turkey's transportation minister called on the country's construction sector to finalize preparations for the investment in Somali infrastructure in Ankara on Tuesday.

In his address delivered at the Turkish Contractors Association's (TMB) 2nd National Congress on Highways gala, Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım said, "You will have a significant impact in Somalia with your investments."

Yıldırım, pushing for the mobilization of contractors to invest in transportation on a voluntary basis, said, "Be prepared to go to Somalia in the next month." Calling what has taken place in Somalia a shame for humanity, Yıldırım said investment in the drought-stricken country will be a lesson for the entire world.

Yıldırım said that "Turkey will go [to Somalia] with a different message," working for the welfare of the weak instead of using them. "To do this, we must complete the final preparations," he said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Somalia sent a very important message to the world, Yıldırım continued. "Turkish contractors will continue on this path that the prime minister began," he said. "With your endorsements, we will further increase investments [in Somalia]," Yıldırım added.

With the international community struggling with economic and political crises, Yıldırım said Turkey should take up the mantle and continue to lead in aid to Somalia. "We will continue investing in transportation. The environment around us is not good. The south is experiencing political crises, while the West faces economic crises. These opportunities [to lead in Somalia] are now being put before Turkey," he said.

Turkey has collected more than TL 504 million in fundraising drives for the people of Somalia, which is suffering from the worst drought in the region in 60 years. In the last month alone, approximately $280 million in donations for the African country, also struggling with internal conflict and poverty, were collected in Turkey.

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Old October 16th, 2011, 08:03 AM   #94
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The Turks are smart. A good business tactic is to go counter to the herd. While many Western companies even avoid peaceful regions due to the fearmongering sensationalism of the media, the Turks understand Somalia's potential is too great to ignore in the flurry of pessimism that clouds it.

My prediction...add the diaspora investment, burgeoning livestock deals with the Arabs, and this forthcoming investment from Turkey, the West will be shut out of the future of Somalia.
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I am loving the Turks.
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Old October 16th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #96
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Steady progress in the Communication sector:

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Loud and Clear..Somalia’s telecom industry is booming!

Somalia is currently in the midst of a telecommunications boom driven by private investors, who have created a mass market with the cheapest calling rates in Africa. Private investors have put an estimated $194 million into Somalia’s telecommunications sector over the last ten years.

Figures obtained through ICT Labs International in 2010 indicate that there are over 1.5 million mobile phone lines in Somalia, where six telecommunication companies thrive amid Internet users who number more than 2 million. Fierce competitions among a handful of companies have allowed calling rates to fall to less than one cent per minute.

Statistics compiled by the World Bank say that Somalia has about 100,000 landline telephones in use, but about 734,800 people were using mobile phones as of 2007.

Out of 74 towns in Somalia, 47 have had telephone coverage over the past eight years, according to the UN-funded Somali Telecom Association (STA). These are impressive phone use statistics compared to other more peaceful countries across Africa.

The telephone companies that provide much of the service across the war-torn country include Golis Telecom Somalia, Hormuud, NationLink Telecom, Somali Telecom Group, Galkom, Global Internet Company, Telcom, Netco, Somafone, Telcom Puntland and Telenet International. These companies are ready to wire home or office in few hours and provide crystal-clear service, including international long distance for less than $10 a month. Competing phone companies have also agreed on interconnection standards, which were brokered by the STA.

The telecommunications systems are also improving banking ability for many Somalis. Although Somalia’s population routed much of their investment money through the famous money remittance systems (Hawala), the introduction of competition in mobile communications and internet service provision brought the most dramatic changes in the sector. A new mobile money transfer service was unveiled by Somalia’s biggest mobile service provider with the help of Kenya’s Safaricom, which pioneered the system of transferring money by mobile phone in East Africa.

Hormuud Telecom, the biggest network in Somalia with more than a million subscribers, designed a money transfer service for its registered customers much as Safaricom has. The system helps the customers transfer cash to friends and relatives, reliving them from the risk of carrying huge wads of the money.

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The Turks are smart. A good business tactic is to go counter to the herd. While many Western companies even avoid peaceful regions due to the fearmongering sensationalism of the media, the Turks understand Somalia's potential is too great to ignore in the flurry of pessimism that clouds it.

My prediction...add the diaspora investment, burgeoning livestock deals with the Arabs, and this forthcoming investment from Turkey, the West will be shut out of the future of Somalia.
True, livestock is now also being exported to non-traditional destinations like Lebanon and Egypt:




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Puntland Exports Livestock to Saudi Arabia

By SUCAAD MIRE 09/28/2011

Businessmen and pastrolists from Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland are expecting to export millions of livestock, mostly sheep, to the Arabian Peninsula during Holy month of Hajj.

This comes after Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on the import of livestock from Somalia in 2009 imposed nine years earlier to prevent the spread of disease.

According to businessmen in Puntland's commercial city Bosaso, more than half a million livestock are ready for exportation to Saudi Arabia within this week.

“The first ship will go to Saudi Arabia this week. Al-Jaabiri Company (Saudi livestock import company) are planning to export to Saudi Arabia an estimate of 600.000 sheep within 45 days and millions others at the end year," Omar Ismail Waberi, livestock investor in Bosaso told Somalia Report.

"We also want to export 500,000 cows and 20,000 sheep to Lebanon, 600,000 camels and 10,000 cows to Egypt this year,” Waberi said. - Source
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KSA wants to double Somali imports by 2013, I have read. The fact that Somalia is nearby is a big bonus. Since livestock is very important to the economy, that could be one of the things that finally could kickstart the economy as a whole.
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^Indeed, though I also agree with the bolded part in the article below, the livestock sector could be transformed into a multi-billion dollar industry through various milk and meat products, more processing plants, more markets(including non-muslim countries) etc:

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WHERE there are beasts, there is life, goes a saying in Somalia. Half of its people depend on livestock for their survival. This year they will export record numbers of animals. That seems improbable given that a famine is raging in south Somalia, which has seen over a million animals die of hunger and thirst. But the grazing in other parts of Somalia, especially the north, has been excellent and demand for livestock from abroad has never been higher. After banning Somali sheep and goats for many years, for allegedly being diseased, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia has once again declared them welcome.

For the first time since the collapse of Somalia as a unitary state in 1991, Saudi and Lebanese traders have ventured into the local livestock markets. Goats are mainly exported to Mecca for the annual haj pilgrimage. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that $250m-worth of animals will leave the port of Berbera and its more ramshackle rival, Bossaso, in the seven weeks before the haj in early November.

In the livestock market in Hargeisa, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland, sweaty goatherds press in on Adan Ahmed Deria, a trader. Hundreds of camels are being loaded onto lorries. Mr Deria nods to show that the price is fixed. “God willing,” he says, “I will buy 800,000 goats and sheep this year.” That is $52m of business, in cash, in a country where the economy has apparently collapsed.

Trade is set to grow further. Saudi Arabia wants to double its livestock imports from Somalia by 2013. The herders face fierce competition from Georgia, China and Paraguay, but halal butchers value the quality of Somali animals, which are raised by nomadic Muslims.

Somalis have hardly begun to tap the value of their animals. With about $50m in international help they could invest in watering stations, encourage communities to cure animal skins, make soap from bone marrow and fashion buttons from camel bone. They might also usefully improve transport by, say, building bridges over rivers prone to flooding, which would cut out rapacious middlemen. - Source
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A glimpse into the future:

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Somali students dream of bettering Somalia

Somali students who received scholarships to study in Turkey have expressed their dreams of returning to Somalia once they have graduated to work in various fields, primarily in health and education, and help build the country's infrastructure.

Speaking to Today's Zaman on Saturday, the students said they look forward to finishing their studies and returning to their country to work in various sectors in which there is a shortage workers. Education and health in Somalia are two fields that drastically need improving.

İbrahim Şıhmuhammed underlined that Somalia urgently needs improved education and healthcare systems, adding that most of his friends would like to become either teachers or doctors.

Ahmet Muhammed Ali and Saidi Ahmet Muhammed said they want to go into the medical profession and pointed out that many of their relatives had lost their lives either because of civil war or due to the poor health services.

“We feel at home here. Our teachers give us confidence,” said Muhammed, adding that his ambition was to become a doctor.

In addition to medicine, other students see themselves going into other professions that would also benefit Somalia. Student Abdülkerim Yalahow said he wanted to be a construction engineer and build many buildings in Somalia.

Zekeriya Ali is striving to become an electrical engineer and would like bring the Internet and other technological advances to Somalia. “I want to lighten up all the streets of Somalia. I don't want to see darkness anymore in the country. I want to illuminate its beautiful sides,” he said.

Roughly 400 Somali students have been receiving education in high schools and universities under a sponsorship program of the Turkish Ministry of Education since the beginning of the academic year. The students were selected following an exam that was taken by 10,000 students in Mogadishu last month.

‘Turkish doctors perform admirably in Somalia'

Somali Deputy Health Minister Moalim Ali Aden Adow, who was injured in bomb attack two weeks ago in Mogadishu and received medical treatment at Fatih University Hospital in Ankara, said he admired the extraordinary performance of Turkish doctors in Somalia.

Speaking during a visit to the Ankara branch of charity organization Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody there?) on Saturday, after his release from the hospital, he noted that Turkish doctors had performed admirably in Mogadishu, going above and beyond what a medical professional is expected to do. - Source
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