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Somaliland awarded with mega projects for insisting in its decision to secede

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MOGADISHU, Somalia - The northern breakaway region of Somaliland has successfully lobbied for four major projects which will be financed by European nations just a few days after the famous Djibouti meeting with the Federal Government of Somalia, an indication of a possible milestone towards securing international recognition.

This comes as Somaliland is still insisting in its decision to secede from Somalia after recent Djibouti talks. 

For three decades, Somaliland has been running a parallel government with robust institutions such as parliament, executive, and judiciary, but is yet to be recognized worldwide due to several underlying issues, among them opposition from Somalia.

In a statement on Sunday, Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom confirmed approval of Phase II of the Somaliland Development Fund [SDF2] program, whose main aim is to improve critical infrastructure and economic growth.

Under Somaliland's National Development Plan, it is anticipated that the projects would improve the lives of hundreds of people in the secessionist state, which is pushing for international recognition, a move which would trigger massive economic growth given that it would access more support from international lenders.

The agreement supports projects on roads, agricultural facilities, water systems, and fisheries, which are some of the key factors contributing to the region's Gross Domestic Product [GDP]. The three nations also underscored the importance of having a stable and peaceful Somaliland.

Rebuilding Burao-Sheikh-Berbera road within Togdheer and Sahil regions is one of the projects that was approved and would see 82 kilometers of full asphalt concrete overlay, resurfacing of bridges and renewal of drainage done. This, the partners said, would improve connectivity between Somaliland's port and the largest city, Berbera.

Once done, the project would tremendously reduce the time and costs used on the road and is set to benefit over 50,000 civilians who use the road for trade. Livestock, fisheries, and agriculture from the region would be significantly boosted after the completion of the project.

The sustainable land management in Awdal and Maroodijeh regions has also been factored in. The project, the funders said, will improve the agricultural production of small farmers through soil and water conservation, research, extension, and farmer training.

Some of the agricultural areas that will be targeted include Durdur Ad Upper Catchment in Awdal and Maroodijeh Upper Catchment in Maroodijeh. The partners will also support the Hargeisa Water Agency which is responsible for the distribution of water in the capital.

The project, they said, would allow the water agency to extract an additional 4,000 m³ of water each day from Laasdhure aquifer. This would increase the supply of water within Hargeisa and its environs, which have witnessed a significant surge of the population in recent months.

The construction of Maydh fishing jetty in the Sanaag region has also been factored in the agreement and is poised to improve connectivity by sea between Berbera and Sanaag, with parts of Togdheer also benefiting. This support will boost food security, employment, and incomes.

Ben Fender, the British envoy to Somalia, said the UK is committed to supporting Somaliland to lay foundations for sustainable economic growth. The interconnectivity, he added, would unlock the potential of the region besides creating jobs for thousands of jobless youths.

"These projects will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by creating jobs and unlocking the region’s economic potential. At a time of huge challenges for Somaliland, including tackling COVID-19, this demonstrates the UK’s commitment to the people of Somaliland," he noted.

The Danish Ambassador to Somalia, Mette Knudsen, said the investments are timely given that the world is currently grappled in COVID-19 pandemic, which has slowed down development projects in the region.

"We are confident that these investments will have catalytic effects to spur Somaliland’s economic development and to help support and sustain Somaliland’s economic recovery from this terrible pandemic," he said in a statement.

Netherlands ambassador to Somalia Frans Makken said the projects would strengthen the social contract between Hargeisa administration and its people. These projects, he added, "will strengthen the positive social and economic growth trajectory of Somaliland".

Currently, the region is engaged in dialogue with Somalia and the inter-ministerial committee is set to release terms for cooperation in the next couple of days. The projects were awarded after decades of secessionist policy, which had been objected by Mogadishu.

To foster a relationship with other states across the world, President Muse Bihi Abdi formalized cooperation with Taiwan last week, although the move was condemned by China. On Friday, he also meets a Kenyan delegation in Hargeisa, further showing his commitment to open up the region for investments to the rest of the world.

GAROWE ONLINE

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Amigos   

The above is what the pirates really believe, when they are not putting a brave face on Somaliaonline.

Somaliland keeps winning, while the loomaooyaan continue to calaacal 😁

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Oodweyne   
3 minutes ago, Che -Guevara said:

Every time someone utters this, it eventually comes out Mogadishu okayed the project. 

Che,

Do you want to bet on this assertion you are making? Or are you as usual shooting the breeze with your legendary and tendentious line of cheap waffle? 

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Amigos   
10 minutes ago, Che -Guevara said:

Every time someone utters this, it eventually comes out Mogadishu okayed the project. 

 

First they say: it will never happen, we WILL NOT allow it. You secessionists will be ISOLATEDH 😠

Then they say: we will write a strong-worded letter and stop the project from happening, our TERITORIAL INTEGRITY waa muqadas 🤬😡

Then they say: haha, we got you, we actually signed it and allowed the project 🤪🤥

 

Then Somaliland wins 😁

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Oodweyne   
18 minutes ago, Amigos said:

The above is what the pirates really believe, when they are not putting a brave face on Somaliaonline.

Somaliland keeps winning, while the loomaooyaan continue to calaacal 

Yep, that is the merit of their argument, namely: "what about us?" However, what they don't know is that the world, by and large, took the measure of their empty bravado, and realize that like a manner of a "proverbial barking dog straining after a passing caravan", their bleating is exceedingly deafening, as always. However, their merit and the means to do anything in the real world of the Somali politics, are, as ever akin to an "empty tank", which, as we all know makes the loudest noise.

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18 minutes ago, Amigos said:

 

Then Somaliland wins 😁

I am glad it does. Somalis could use all help they can get. Let's hope these developments actualized. 

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26 minutes ago, Oodweyne said:

Che,

Do you want to bet on this assertion you are making? Or are you as usual shooting the breeze with your legendary and tendentious line of cheap waffle? 

We could certainly bet!

It is no coincidence these came after Jabuuti sitdown. 

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Oodweyne   

Che,

I mean, of course, we could certainly bet. But an empty waffle is not a bet, as you know. Hence, the argument I am making is that of put up the evidence or close the trap on your head, forever (as it were).

Secondly, these deals were part of Somaliland Developmental Fund, Phase Two (SDF - ph2), and it was intended to be from 2018 till 2023. The first phase (ph1) lasted from 2013 till 2018. And both phases are part and parcel of Somaliland National Developmental Plan (NDP).

So, unless you have any evidence for your glib assertion, then I would say that it's a poor form of arguing on your part what you have said it in here, my friend.

After all, these deals were negotiated, put together, and formalized in years between Somaliland's ministry of national planning, SDF's secretariat in London, and in Hargeisa.

Hence, to say that all of a sudden that Somalia had OK-ed it, and you say that because it seems plausible to you without having any concrete evidence to back it up, won't really do. Especially when I can tell you - by verse and by chapter - how these SDF projects were originally conceived and what they were intended.  

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59 minutes ago, Amigos said:

The above is what the pirates really believe, when they are not putting a brave face on Somaliaonline.

Somaliland keeps winning, while the loomaooyaan continue to calaacal 😁

What is the pirates got to do with this my Damiin Dabakadhuus? Are you haunted by Pirates 😄😄😄

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6 hours ago, Che -Guevara said:

Every time someone utters this, it eventually comes out Mogadishu okayed the project. 

Did Mogadishu okay the DP World Berbera deal?

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