The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of “deficits” and “gaps” to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity. That’s not news to companies that have paid close attention to the continent and invested there. The fast growing youth population, the urbanization expected to drive over 50% of Africans to cities by 2050, and Africa’s formalizing economy are all well known. These trends and other developments have driven a half century or more of growth in Africa, and will continue to do so.
Research reports and studiesJanuary 2020 Maximiliano Mendez-Parra, Sherillyn Raga and Lily Somme
This report highlights the opportunities and challenges facing UK firms when investing or conducting business in Africa, with a particular emphasis on the non-extractive sector. It highlights the mutual benefits for Africa, in terms of economic transformation and growth, and for the UK, in diversifying investments in rapidly expanding markets. The study draws from data on UK investments in Africa, and information provided by more than 75 UK companies operating in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
Somalilandsun- We will endeavor to attract such opportunities and encourage investment from individuals, philanthropist foundations and corporate companies.
This was stated by the CEO Guul Group Guleid Harun Ibrahim during a training the consultancy firm conducted in partnership with the ministry of Investment for prospective applicants to the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s TEF 2018 Entrepreneurship grant.
In attendance was the DG of Ministry of Investment Ahmed Abokor Mohammed and Director of Investment Mohammed Saleban Ilmi as well as the over 30 prospective beneficiaries of TEF 2018.
The training was held at the Investment ministry conference hall in Hargeisa
Stressing that applicants from Somaliland and Somalia were not limited to those present at the short training the Guul Group boss said the purpose was to see to it that knowledge applications are submitted thence a fair chance of competing with thousands of other Africans applying.
Guul Group, a commercial conglomerate that runs a range of services – from agro-processing to transport and logistics, construction, fisheries, import/export, and business consultancy is the best bridge to business and investment in Somaliland. Guul Group provides specialist complementary; conduit, consulting, contracting and facilitation services delivered using effective, world-class communications tools.
Important areas of investment opportunities:
The housing sector is vital for every society particularly those coming out of prolonged conflict .The cities of Berbera , Erigavo , Las Qoray , Las Aanod and Burao face huge shortages of affordable housing with the widest gap existing in Hargeisa and Berbera where the returning Diaspora and employees need affordable housing .
What is it that is driving the prosperity in this island in a region torn apart by decades of political and social upheavals?
No single factor is responsible, but peace, stability, a patriotic citizenry, and functioning civil service have all contributed. But arguably the most important development has been the return of hundreds of Diaspora ‘Somalilanders’ who have abandoned life in the West to set up business in the country.
Mr Mahamed-Guled, is one such returnee. After several years living in the West , Guled decided to follow his dream of playing a part in the economic development of his ancestral land. In Somaliland he and a small team of young people floated the Guul Group, a commercial conglomerate that runs a range of services – from agro-processing to transport and logistics, construction, fisheries, import/export, and business consultancy.
The raggedy cargo truck drives onto the ferry which immediately sinks deeply into the water, only seemingly buoyed by the grace of mother nature. The truck appears misplaced on the ferry, but locals assure me that this is the cheapest and quickest route to the final destination. “This is Africa” is often an overused phrase, but this truck is a microcosm of the continent’s transport and logistical challenges (and subsequent investment opportunities).
It is an often overlooked fact, but only about 30% of African roads are paved, and 50% remain in “poor condition,” according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It is this reality that makes shipping cement from Shanghai to the shores of Djibouti about 60% cheaper than shipping from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to neighboring Djibouti by road. This statistic does not indicate better things for ports. The same UN report estimates that Africa’s ports productivity is mere 30% of the international norm. This is logistics in Africa. But why?
“Dr M A Omar Trade & Foreign investment Minister
“Because Somaliland is open for business as well as its well-established peace and stability as well as its economic potentials that remain untapped thence very lucrative for investment both foreign and local” Trade and foreign investment minister
By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Somaliland is signaling to all potential investors that it is “open for business,” having progressed from a post-conflict situation to a state of political stability and sustainable economic development. Underpinned by this transformation, Somaliland is now firmly in a period where it is able to encourage foreign investment.
Guul Group aad iyo aad aya usoo dhawaynaysaa heshiiskan oo larajaynayo in Somaliland faaido badan kusoo kordhinkarta. PetroSoma iyo Sterling Energy waanu ku faraxsanahay, waanu la shaqaynaynaa, waanu la dadaalaynaa.
London() War maanta laga soo saaray suuqa ganacsiga saamiyada ee London ayaa shaaca ka qaaday in shirkada tamarta Sterling ay heshiis la gashay shirkadda Petrosoma,heshiiskaas oo shirkadda Sterling u ogolaanaya inay hesho 10% wada shaqaynta iskaashiga shirkadaha Genel,Jacka, Petrosoma ee Balooga Oodweyne.
By: Abdirahman YonisAhmed Abdulqadir
Somalilandsun – Due to The Development of the country, Pontus Marine Limited which is Somaliland’s First global Fishing Company with its aim of focusing on supplying quality fishery to domestic and overseas market Welcomes Local Investment Participation to Somaliland.
Speaking to Somalilandsun Mr. Ahmed Abdulqadir Ahmed Public and Communication Manager to Pontus Marine said that Their Company is launching a Development Program to the Country towards Fishing Opportunities
By: Yusuf M Hasan
Somalilandsun – Pontus Marine Ltd- Hargeisa Launch organized by Guul Group will be 8:30am on Sunday 1st of September at Ambassador Hotel.
Pontus Marine which was founded in 2013 with an aim of providing quality fishery to both
domestic and overseas markets through harnessing the country’s fishing sector shall be issuing company shares worth $5m to the public during the Hargeisa launch at Ambassador Hotel on 1st September 2013.
The Pontius Marine Fishery sector development program shall be based in Mayd and Berbera, Somaliland, which is one of the most productive phytoplankton and zooplankton areas in the world, sustaining rich feeding and nursery grounds for more than 600 fish species, including high value species like tuna, lobster, cuttlefish, shrimps, shark and many more.