Infrastructure development is a policy priority for Somaliland’s path to sustainable recovery and reconstruction. The Government fully understands this and has been endeavouring to create an enabling environment for investment and productive work based on strong and reliable infrastructure that are prerequisite for economic growth and development. The experience of Somaliland for the past decade or so has shown that economic growth and sustainable development will require essential infrastructure to be established across the country. Indeed, there is a consensus in the country on the need for investment in infrastructure as a means of creating employment and promoting growth and equity. The priority sub-sectors of infrastructure include: roads, housing, education, health, telecommunications, ICT and Ports which are necessary to promote the above mentioned important sectors like agriculture, fishery, livestock and energy.
The government is committed to creating the enabling environment for the operation of national and international firms that would implement its major development projects through performance-based contracting. Timely preparation of infrastructure projects depends on an effective planning and the government, investors and donors can work together to attract reputable international firms in the country and promote joint ventures between capable local institutions and potential international firms. In addition the government is fully aware that the successful transformation of the economy will depend on the capacity to attract investment into the country involving all potential investment actors (Local, Diaspora and Foreign).
nvestment Over the past decade, investment into the Somaliland economy – particularly by the global Somali Diaspora community – has been steadily growing as peace and stability has improved. There is also nascent interest expressed by other investors– most prominently seen with the opening of a multi-million dollar Coca-Cola factory last year.
By virtue of its strategic geographical location and advantageous position between the East African interior and the Middle East with 850 km long coastal shipping routes and the Berbera Port, and its strong security situation, Somaliland has the potential for enormous growth in terms of free trade, trade facilitation, transit and transport corridor for the rest of the Horn, East and Central African countries.
That is why the Ministry of Trade and Investment (formerly known as the Ministry of Commerce), in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, has for the first time developed this Somaliland Investment Guide which is designed to provide investors with a basic knowledge about the country, its people and an explanation of the way businesses operate within Somaliland. The Somaliland investment guide will elucidate other useful information related to security, commerce, trade and investment. There is no doubt that investing in a foreign country or doing business in an overseas market is somewhat challenging for investors. Perhaps this is more in the case of Somaliland because it is not recognized by any other country and some investors may think that doing business in such a country is going to be a difficult and risky.
The Government of Somaliland, through its Ministry of Trade and Investment wants the investment guide to change this perception by showing investors around that Somaliland is ‘open for business.’ The investment guide zooms in the private sector investment situation in Somaliland by assessing major sectors of the economy and provides the information most relevant to potential investors about available opportunities to be taken advantage of. It also outlines other pertinent issues that are equally important for investors including security, regulatory framework and production cost factors such as labor, transport and energy. The investment guide sets out to identify opportunities in all major economic sectors in the country which have a strong potential for putting the country on the path to sustainable recovery and economic growth.