BORAMA (Somalilandpress) — A new factory, Aloe East African Factory, has opened in the city of Borama of Awdal region. The factory will produce both personal hygiene and home maintenance products.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by various dignitaries from the Somaliland government, members of parliament, Awdal regional officials, community elders and businessmen and other members of the community.
The Somaliland minister of Industry, Mr. Ahmed Ali Ubahle congratulated the people and officials of Awdal region for establishing the factory. Mr. Ubahle stated that the factory was the 46th new factory to be opened in Somaliland. Mr. Ubahle praised the owners of Aloe East African Factory for their initiative and pledged the support of the Somaliland government.
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Also speaking at the ceremony, The Minister of Planning, Mr. Ali Ibrahim Muhammad highlighted the benefits that the country will derive from this factory in terms of employment and revenue generation. Praising the people of Borama for lifting the level of knowledge in Somaliland, the minister said, “for forty years Somaliland’s educated people poured into what used to be called Somalia, after that Somaliland’s educated class moved to the Gulf countries until it got to the point where it became difficult to find even teachers in Somaliland, but now thanks to the efforts of the people of Borama, both educational and technological know how are being reestablished in Somaliland.”
The Governor of Awdal region, Mr. Muhammad Sheikh Abdillahi talked about the products of the factory and expressed his belief that these items will surpass imported goods.
Mr. Muhammad Abdullahi Yonis of Aloe East Africa Factory remarked on the start-up process of the new venture and some of the initial challenges.
Mr. Abdi Dahir Ali, from the Amoud Foundation noted that this is a beginning and there will be better days ahead in the economic progress of not just the city of Borama, the Awdal region, but for the whole of Somaliland.
Source: Qarannews, 4 February 2010
Picture: Rays Hotel, Borama