Somaliland: Energy Minister Spearheads Recognition Drive


Hon. Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh: Has devised an alternative approach to speed up the efforts of the Long-sought Recognition.

By |Architectural-Eng. Hussein Adan Igeh (Hussein Deyr)

UK (Somalilandsun) – The people of the Republic of SomalEnergy Minister Eng Husein delivering his key note speechiland have been successfully occupied in rebuilding their destroyed country, consolidating its democracy process through free and fair elections for the fifth time, from the local government councils, the national parliament as well as for the presidency. The Republic of Somaliland has inimitably met all the international criteria and standards that were required to qualify as an independent, separate and sovereign country.

Somalilanders have shown to the outside world their perseverance, resilience, nation spirit, value, belief and exceptional quality with respect to dealing with and embrace of universal norms and values regarding democracy, peace and stability. Somaliland should have been long time ago recognised as a member of international community, at least it had deserved to be regarded as de facto independent nation. Unfortunately, the World Community have systematically neglected and ignored this nation. Time and again, the international community denied the rights for self-determination and the aspiration of Somaliland people.

Before the current Government of President Ahmed Silanyo came to power, Somaliland seemed to be an anonymous and out of sight country that no one missed or noticed of its presence at regional and international political and economic arenas. In line with his government’s forward thinking long-term policy agenda; based on reforming and redefining of Somaliland’s Socio-Economic and Foreign Affairs Policy, the President and his cabinet have unquestionably put back our country on the right track. At the present time, our country is more and more valued and respected as a regional and global partner for peace, stability and democracy.

2. Smart, intellectual and committed Minister within the government of President Ahmed Silanyo.

With a great admiration, I had the opportunity to watch and witness the performance and presentations of Somaliland’s Minister of Energy, Mining & Water Resources during the Middle East Energy Forum in UAE/Dhabi. It was quite fascinating to see our Hon. Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh at the centre of a world-stage-conference in which the global energy issues was debated. In a very accurate, civilized and resourceful keynote speech he presented the Somaliland’s case properly and even more than ever before. With an elegant and breathtaking style the Minister emphasized the added value and necessity why the rest of the world should invest in and do business with the Republic of Somaliland. With the right tone and full of self confidence, he put forward the incredible natural resources in Somaliland which eventually, to a certain extent, can contribute to the regional and global economy.

Again we have there another smart, intellectual and committed minister within the government of President Ahmed Silanyo. When the President asked him to accept the position, he did not hesitate for a moment. Simply because he knew that his country and people needed him. He is someone who never aims for self-enrichment or personal gain, but driven by sense of civic duty to serve for his country and people. In his adopted country (USA) he had an admirable career and several managerial positions. He had a well-paid job, a very pleasant life; less pressure and frustration…. He left all behind and chose an ultimate challenge, fulfilling a ministerial responsibility for an impoverished and not yet recognized country.

3. Dual-track strategy

The Minister has devised an alternative approach to speed up the long awaited recognition. This is a very clever approach and the right way to uplift the political and economic opportunity of our country. By raising the attention, awareness and interest of World Major Oil Companies and potential investors for the substantial natural resources in Somaliland and to get stuff out the ground in one hand. On the hand, the Minister encourages to maintain a warm contact, rapprochement and multifaceted cooperation (on economic, cultural and security relevant issues) with the Arab World; in particularly with the rich Gulf States. In a sense, this dual-track strategy can directly contribute to the mission for the much coveted recognition of Somaliland as well as delivering benefits for the economic prospects of our population.

The minister understood clearly that this strategy is the way forward and the basis for ensuring the people and the country of Somaliland for a potential investment and global economic involvement and that today’s government dual-strategy can be converted and translated into tomorrow’s durable economic and social developments for the benefit of its people. This will not only boost the civic participation to take more active role and make real contribution to nation-building programmes, but it will elevate the moral, belief and trust of Somaliland citizens in their ability as a nation and in their own government.

In his keynote speech at the Middle East Energy Forum/UAE/Abu Dhabi, with an unmistakable prominence the Minister highlighted the geo- economic-political significance of the Republic of Somaliland, thanks to its geographical location and maritime infrastructure, where the Minister has stated: “In light of its geographical position, long coastline and deep sea ports, Somaliland is strategically positioned to be one of East Africa’s major energy supply bases and play a key role in the regions energy future.”

In November 2012 he attended an “African Oil Conference in South Africa”, organized by Global Pacific & Partners. Ophir Energy Plc, Jacka Resources (Australia) and Genel Energy (headed by the former boss/ CEO of BP, Mr. Tony Hayward) are all agreed to start oil and gas exploration in Somaliland.

4. Conclusion:

The Minister of Mining, Energy & Water Resources of Somaliland Republic Eng. Hussein Abdi Dualeh is so dynamic, committed and convinced for the Somaliland’s cause. Within the Cabinet of President Ahmed Silanyo, he is one of the leading figures and driving force. In his ministry, (which previously was a tattered and deserted department) he implemented numerous reforms and innovations whereby the results are actually visible everywhere. Minister Hussein A. Dualeh is a member of a government that steadfastly is committed to fulfil its social responsibilities towards Somaliland citizens. This government is inspired by the trust and believes in their ability, collective sense of social responsibility, good governance, effort and transparency.

The Miniter’s performance and the way in which he has presented and put forward the Somaliland’s case, in both style and substance, were extremely interesting. He is on the right track to contribute to Somaliland’s long overdue plea for recognition.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate The Minister of Mining, Energy & Water Resources of the Republic of Somaliland Eng. Hussein Abdi Dualeh for his brilliant engagement, endeavour and determination in fulfilling his Ministerial duties. I utterly recognize the valuable and dignified tasks he is undertaking each and every day and his constant commitment and dedication to work for his country and people.

Wa Billaahi Tawfiiq

May ALLAH (SXWT) protect the true and genuine patriot!