The President of Somaliland officially appointed Amb Mohamed Hagi Mohamoud as the Somaliland Representative to Taiwan.
On July 3, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed that Lou Chen-Hwa (羅震華), currently a counsellor at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Saudi Arabia, will head the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland.
MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou confirmed the appointment to CNA after local media reported the Executive Yuan designated Lou, one of four Taiwanese diplomats who have been in Somaliland since February preparing to set up the office, as Taiwan’s representative to Somaliland.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu announced on Wednesday at a press conference that Taiwan and Somaliland agreed in February to set up representative offices in each other’s territory.
Once the offices are set up, the two sides will cooperate in the fields of agriculture, mining, fishing, energy, public health, education and information technology, Wu said.
Four senior Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs officers will be initially assigned to the Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland, according to Wu. However, it is still uncertain when the office will be officially opened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mohamed Hagi Personal Profile
Mohamed Hagi combines considerable distinctive feats of being a professional person with extensive experience in the various fields of diplomacy, academia, policymaking programmes and strategic systems of governance. He is also adept at developing a definitive guide of development goals and processes of public institutions. He has the ability to use a set of interrelated tools in identifying and analysing socioeconomic and political problems of public and private institutions. Mohamed is a PhD researcher in Politics and Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently working on his PhD thesis on Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa relations. He obtained a B.A (Hon) Degree in Political Science, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Security Studies and a Masters Degree in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.