Somaliland miningSomaliland has been pressing for international recognition of its de-facto independence for years.

This week it will be hosting a conference to try to win investment in its mining sector.

Not surprisingly this is taking place in Dubai – home to DP World – which is to develop Berbera.

Somalia is likely to be furious.

Full brochure here Somaliland Mining and Infrastructure Investment Forum (SMIIF)-2


Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to bring your attention to the Somaliland Mining and Infrastructure Investment Forum (SMIIF) scheduled for the 23rd July at the Grand Hyatt Dubai.

Somaliland’s story is unfamiliar to many in the global investment community. Often confused with our war-torn neighbour to the south, Somalia. By contrast, Somaliland is highly stable and democratic.

Somaliland hit the international business pages recently thanks to a $442m landmark investment from DP World — the largest in our history — which will see the Port of Berbera (set in a bustling coastal town, northeast of Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital) redeveloped and expanded to provide an alternative shipping and trading hub in the Horn.

Kurdistan-focused Genel Energy (GENL.L) aims to start drilling in Somaliland next year, Chief Executive Murat Ozgul said, as the group reported 2017 results broadly in line with expectations.

“For the long term, I really like (our) Somaliland exploration assets. It’s giving me a sense of Kurdistan 15 years ago,” Ozgul said in a phone interview. “In 2019 we may be (starting) the drilling activities.

DP World and Genel Energy join an increasing number of multinational companies viewing Somaliland as a secure and stable investment opportunity.

Themed “Mobilizing Institutional Capital For Somaliland’s Infrastructure”, the 2018 SMIIF is designed to create an opportunity for senior policy makers to interact with potential investors, fund managers and delivery partners in a number of critical infrastructure sectors. Intending to initiate the process of establishing the mutual understanding and trust, vital in creating the environment for investing and project delivery.

Discussion leaders at the 2018 SMIIF include –

  • H.E Mussa Bihi Abdi, The President, Republic of Somaliland
  • H.E. Jama Haji Mohamoud Ega, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Republic of Somaliland
  • H.E Mahamed Ahmed Awad, Minister of Investment, Republic of Somaliland
  • H.E Ahmed Moumin Seed, Minister of Agriculture
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Liban Yussuf Osman, Republic of Somaliland
  • Deputy Minister of Finance, Mohamed Dahir Ahmed, Republic of Somaliland
  • H.E. Ali Ibrahim Jama Al-Baghadi, Central Bank Governor, Republic of Somaliland, and many more.

I would like to invite you as speaker or to join the select group of companies that we are giving the opportunity to sponsor and partner with this programme. Sponsoring and speaking at the forum is a unique opportunity to build or enhance a professional brand, further establish expertise and influence, share knowledge and insights, build confidence and learn from others.

The forum confers upon its sponsor absolute authority and quality status and will establish you as a proactive industry player. It offers cost-effective and dedicated marketing exposure and brand recognition among key players. Our sponsoring partners have access to a unique branding before, during and after the event, speaking opportunities via panel discussions and proprietary workshop sessions.  Sponsoring will give you an opportunity to:

  • Target Your Key Audience
  • Educate Your Market Place
  • Highlight Your Brand
  • Build Valuable Relationships
  • Lead Innovative Thinking

For more information on sponsorship details and packages, please use the contact details below Mr Hussein Al-Ishaqi on email:,

Mr Stanley