A recent agreement between Somalia’s federal government and regional administrations on the management and sharing of the country’s petroleum and mineral resources will help “avoid conflicts over resources” in the nation, a minister has said.
Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, Somalia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, said the agreement in Baidoa on 5 June “marks a new chapter in the progress and development of the federal republic of Somalia”.
“The Ministry will work in close collaboration with the federal member states in swiftly implementing all legislations and policies, monitoring and following up on all licenses issued prior to this agreement.”
The minister added: “This agreement will enable Somalia to avoid conflicts over resources and embark on a route to sustainable development.”
“The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources appreciates the efforts of His Excellency the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Excellency the Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre, the Heads of the Federal Member States, and the Mayor of Mogadishu to have shared in the vision in the petroleum and mineral sector and entered this momentous agreement”.
The agreement was facilitated and assisted by the World Bank and Somalia’s Council for Inter-State Cooperation.
Somalia has attractive oil prospects, with reserves which some say could make it one of the world’s major producers. But investment in the sector is being jeopardized by chronic squabbling between central and regional authorities.