Finance Minister tells London investment conference we are ready to do business


Minister of Finance and Planning, His Excellency Mohamud Hassan Suleiman, told investors that Somalia is investment-friendly and must “seize the opportunity” to encourage foreign investment.

Speaking today at the international Somalia Oil and Gas Summit in London, the Minister of Finance and Planning, said:

“We are working to improve the investment climate having recently revised the Investment Law to ensure that Somalia is investment-friendly. Foreign investors see the huge steps that Somalia has taken and are keen to invest.

“International investors and multi-national corporations are turning their attention to Somalia and we must now seize the opportunity and work with them.

“The discovery of oil and gas in Somalia opens up an array of hope and opportunities for the new Somalia; enabling it to influence the pace of economic recovery and the future stability of the country.

“The potential for oil and gas to drive Somali people out of the poverty they are in, and positively contribute to the well-being of the war affected communities, will only be realized if they are fully integrated into the Somali Compact just signed in Brussels. Such a move would link this important industry with other productive and service sectors of the economy and becomes a catalyst for rapid economic growth and sustainable development in the country.

“It is important that Somalia gets a fair share of the profit which in turn contributes to economic growth of the new Somalia and improves the livelihoods of our war affected people.”