Galmudug governor hires US lobbyist
The President of the Somali federal state of Galmudug, Ahmed Abdi Karie, has hired a US lobbyist, Farhio Khalif, to promote his interests in the United States. She has a large network within the Somali diaspora.
Britain's House of Commons voted on first reading in favour of a bill recognising the independence of Somaliland. The small East African state, which declared itself independent in 1991, still has a long way to go, however, to get the British government to support the legislation.
UK consultancy Adam Smith International, which is already well established in Mogadishu, has won a new €5.3m contract there to assist the Office of the Auditor General of Somalia reform its work and to help the government battle endemic corruption.
SOMALIA | The group of financial backers of Somalia, aka "Quint", has agreed to hold a security meeting before the end of the year, amid the ongoing fight against the Al-Shabaab armed group.
The group of security partners of Somalia, which includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and whose goal is to assist the government of Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, is to meet again next week in Do
Abdulkadir Ali was appointed in 2021 to the coveted position of head of immigration services under contentious circumstances. He is now on thin ice and the battle to replace him has already begun.
The African Union's Peace and Security Council will on 27 April discuss the future of the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia (ATMIS). The force had been scheduled to withdraw by December 2024 but President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud wants it to stay.
The deadly clashes in the east of Somaliland have sparked criticism from the US administration, to which Hargeisa has responded carefully, anxious not to jeopardise the diplomatic progress it made with the US in 2022.
Active until now in Somaliland and Puntland, Physical Risk Solutions can henceforward bid for contracts in the rest of Somalia.
The EU will fund air links between Mogadishu and Nairobi, as well as within Somalia, for the next three years in order to maintain its humanitarian aid in the country.
While he waits for the next presidential elections in 2027, former Somalian president Farmajo has decided to take up residence in Qatar, which was the main foreign backer of his regime. His defeat in the elections has not diminished Qatar's interest in Somalia, where it continues to foster its ties.
Somaliland, long seen as a haven of stability in a troubled region, is facing increasing unrest as fighting continues around the town of Las Anod between the breakaway province's army and militias loyal to Somalia and backed by al-Shabaab fighters.
The African Union's Peace and Security Council meets today to discuss the situation in Somalia, and in particular the bloc's multidimensional transitional mission there. Funding and the timing of the mission's drawdown are set to top the agenda.
Six candidates are in the running for the position of UN Special Representative for Somalia, which has been vacant since US diplomat James Swan left in October 2022. His replacement has to be approved by all the permanent members of the UN security council.
Though he was wary of Qatar at first for financially supporting his predecessor, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud will travel to Doha in March just before the UN's LDC5 conference.
Fighting has gripped the east of breakaway province Somaliland since late December. The conflict has regional repercussions and has been the subject of lobbying in Washington.
The EU delegation in Nairobi has set aside $2m for a contract to improve Somalia's business environment and attract foreign investors to the Horn of Africa country.
The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, will soon name new ambassadors in the Gulf States in order to balance out his political influence in the region.
The EU's Nairobi mission and the European Development Fund have allocated €2m to hire a communications and advocacy firm in Somalia.
Switzerland, which already had an extensive diplomatic network in Africa, has now been expanded further after the federal department of foreign affairs appointed Sylvain Astier as the country's special envoy for the Horn of Africa.
Don't miss a single headline. Sign up to receive weekly summaries of our coverage of Somalia.