Somaliland Virtual Trade and Investment Event

Guul Group in partnership with the Somaliland Ministry of Investment Promotion and DMA is pleased to announce the virtual event, ‘Somaliland and the UK: Stability & Sustainable Development’ on 11th November 2020 09:00-11:00 GMT. Aimed at strengthening engagement with the UK, it will explore Somaliland’s well-established stability, extraordinary potential and the government’s commitment to foreign direct investment.

With keynote address from Lord Sheikh, Baron Sheikh of Cornhill in the City of London, this event would feature Hon Mohamed Ahmed Mohamoud (Awad), Hon Dr Saad Ali Shire, Minister of Finance, the Stuart Brown, Head of British Office in Hargeisa, Abdi Hirsi, Head of Mission in London, other senior  Somaliland government ministers, Sir Henry Bellingham (former Minster for Africa) and the private sector from UK and Somaliland.

In parallel to the main event, the Minister of Investment Promotion to be available for virtual ‘one-to-one’ sessions with potential and existing investors.

The Audience

DMA will use their extensive business networks and investor databases to source between 150 and 200 high-calibre attendees. These will be predominantly the CEOs, CFOs, Boardroom Directors and Business Strategy Directors from leading companies that have demonstrated their interests or relevance to Somaliland, including both new-comers and experienced businesses in this market. For the one-to-one meeting sessions, DMA will identify businesses with established interests in Somaliland; those who registered their interest in the postponed Summit.


Rationale and Outcomes

As a result of reduced movement from COVID19, businesses and government have moved online. This virtual event will capitalise on this new digitised platform to reassure the private sector that the government is open and committed to foreign direct investment, whilst providing a platform for strengthening bilateral relations and outlining Somaliland’s extraordinary investment opportunities post-COVID. Such is a ‘taster’ ahead of a re-scheduled trade mission when it is safe and appropriate to travel.

As part of this new virtual offering, the event’s content will be available online as a permanent promotional tool for both governments, foreign missions, and GUUL Group.


About DMA

DMA is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading trade and investment promotion bodies for economies outside the G20. DMA produce a portfolio of high-level summits for sovereign governments in international financial centres such as London, New York and Singapore, as well as coordinating follow-up trade missions in-country.

Over the past thirteen years, DMA has facilitated more than US$15 billion in new investments into emerging economies and hosted over three hundred Heads of State and senior cabinet ministers. A selection of economies we’ve worked with over the past twelve months are Liberia, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Morocco and Lebanon. Partners and attendees at DMA events have included high-profile individuals and leading S&P 500 and FTSE 100 companies.  We also have an ongoing partnership with the Wall Street Journal.

Recent events: Last week DMA hosted Algeria and the UK: Current and Post-COVID Trade and Investment, which can now be accessed via our YouTube Channel.

About Guul Group

Guul Group facilitates trade, investment, business and fosters entrepreneurship whilst mitigating risk. We work with investors (venture capitalist /angel investors), entrepreneurs, governments, corporations, foundations and communities to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social and financial benefits. Guul aims to facilitate $100m worth of investment by bridging the investor and investment opportunity gap through mobilising anchor investment into key & priority sectors; agriculture, fisheries, livestock, minerals, gas & oil & renewable energy.


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