The Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA) applauds the progress made by Somaliland over the last two decades and feels privileged to have strong and purposeful connections with the region. Presently the greatest single threat to the region is unemployment, closely followed by water and food security. It has been heartening to see locals and the Diaspora playing a constructive role in helping stimulate growth as this is essential to continuing economic and social development.

Whilst the Horn and much of East Africa remains a challenging region in a number of ways, it has been heartening to see a growing confidence and this in turn has begun to yield dividends in regard to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Somaliland has won many admirers around the globe for its single-minded and courageous spirit. HABA, as a non-political business association and specialist consultancy is deeply troubled by the fact that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London has decided to advise against all travel to Somaliland by British nationals. Risk is something that people assess on a daily basis and yet it is regrettable that the FCO have sought fit to issue a blanket warning, something which will cause enormous anxiety to business leaders, NGOs and large numbers of the Somali Diaspora, as well as considerable disquiet throughout Somaliland and beyond.

Rather than helping change misconceptions about the Horn of Africa this will undo much of the good work that has been achieved in recent years. The fact that there is no official British representation in Somaliland does not help matters. Whilst HABA recognises the importance of vigilance, in this instance it believes that the FCO has been overly hasty.

The Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA) remains passionately committed to the people and countries of the region. Rest assured that we will work assiduously to play a positive role that sees constructive and personal engagement not from gilded offices in London or gated legations in Nairobi, but on the ground in the Horn of Africa, face to face with our Somali friends and associates.
Kind regards,
Mark T Jones
Executive Director

Horn of Africa Business Association (HABA)
International House
124 Cromwell Road
South Kensington

t: +44 (0) 7727 615774


  1. How can you claim you are decedents of the PBUH when your people look like zambawians. lool

    Darood are the true quraaish.. Thats one hell of ugly picture they look like from Daarfuur .lol

    • Faqash Solidor, bro both Darod & Isaaq are tol iyo xidid Somalians..both pride themselves
      in their respective routing roots. Both are afro-Arabs/OIC. There are no real problems in the
      descedancies butthe core problem evolves on the Governmental role models power sharings???
      The Governing is the only prick issues. Btw it's good to know each others roots but there should be
      no ignorant satanic arrogances applied to the interrelationships of the Somalis. Being Muslims
      is always the top priority over anything else okay MR Darood Faqash Solider and do I make good commonsense to you???

      • well said. there's always a trash pretending that they represent whole community.I'm proud of you remember there are despicable people who only come over here to lower the discussion. it's not easy to deal with them sometime they will touch a nerve but I like the way you respond to him it's refreshing. so my advice is always maintain the higher ground without conceding your point.
        Once again well done Mohamed Cheers

    • Falash as your indicate did you remember the face of you late ill fated SIADBARE he looked like Congolese niger with very black wide mouth woo to you ,
      you look the same worst image see our president SILANYO he is real ARAB ,OMAR ARTE real ARAB ,faisal ali THE SAME ,,,,,,,faqash means bad worst human in every aspect ……..understand it right

  2. What British foreign office did by warning travel to Somaliland is nothing than an individual in British government showing ant-Somaliland stand. The government of great Britain or whoever came up with this warning has to proof what they preach or recant this nonsense. As always, no enemies within or without can force Somaliland people to a failed marriage called Somalia.