Somalilandsun: A Danish non-governmental organization (NGO) has announced plans to set up a fish production plant in Somaliland.
Christian Friis Bach, a former Minister of Development Cooperation in Denmark, made the announcement this week after holding a meeting with President Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland in Hargeisa.
Somaliland’s Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Planning, and Ministry of Investment also attended the meeting between Friis, FairFishing, and President Bihi.
“There is a huge potential in Somaliland for a fish production plant” said Bach as he reiterated the country’s capacity for producing huge amounts of fish for export as a reason for setting up the facility.
The envisaged plant would be a joint project with FairFishing, the Danish NGO with funding availed by a firm known as IFU which has already financed and invested similar projects in over 100 countries all over the world to the tune of $3 billion
In an interview with Geeska Afrika in the capital Hargeisa Christian Friis Bach briefed on his past activities in Somaliland revealing that
Eight years ago, I came here as the Danish Minister for Development Aid, opened the Danish Office in Hargeisa, and established the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). That was a recognition that Somaliland has done well, and I am very pleased that Somaliland is progressing well, even with the Coronavirus. ”
The former minister also said that they now see a good opportunity to develop the fisheries sector in Somaliland. “We see a great opportunity in the Somaliland fisheries sector, and that is why I am here. “Somaliland is a friend and now we want to strengthen that friendship.”
“We have had important meetings with the President of Somaliland, His Excellency Muse Bihi, the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, the Minister of Planning and Development of Somaliland, and the Minister of Investment,” he said. All of these meetings were important and fruitful.
I want to thank President Muse Bihi for his support in our work or the progress we are making in the development of fisheries, and he has shown his support and encouragement in the work we have started. ”