WUCHANG (SomalilandPress) — A delegation led by Somaliland’s Civil Aviation Minister, Mr. Ali Mohamed today broke a new ground by signing a contract with a Chinese firm to expand and refurnish Somaliland’s Egal International Airport. According to local reports, Mr. Waran Ade, who is also traveling with the mayor of Hargeisa are also expected to meet with numbers of Chinese firms from food processing to education industry.
The mayor of Hargeisa, Mr Hussein Ji’ir is also expected to sign a number of construction projects with the Chinese including the rehabilitation of Hargeisa’s neglected roads. The Chinese are also expected to deliver construction equipments to Somaliland.
Many analysts believe this is a new beginning for Somaliland-China ties and could lead to an era of solidarity and cooperation between Hargeisa and Beijing.
Mr Waran Adde is seen by most Somalilanders as one of the few competent and active ministers in the Rayale government. Since taking up the aviation portfolio he has rehabilitated most Somaliland airports and is currently working on expanding not only Egal International airport [Hargeisa] but also Berbera to ‘ease the pressure on Egal airport’ according to him. The minister and his delegation is expected to arrive back to Somaliland in the next few days so that they can set the ground for the arrival of the Chinese firm which is expected in the next few months.
A number of leading Somaliland companies have invested into the new construction of Egal International Airport.
Somalilandpress, 28 January 2010