Archive for August, 2017

Somalia and Djibouti on telecommunication cooperation

(HornTrade) – The telecommunication ministers of Somalia and Djibouti have met to discuss the strengthening of ties between the two nations in the telecommunication sector.

Min. Abdi Ashur Hassan of Somalia and Abdi Youssouf Sougueh have met in Djibouti city over the course of four days to seriously explore the prospect of adding additional submarine optical cable connection to Somalia in the wake of the three-week internet outage in July. 11 of 18 Somali regions, including the capital were without internet after an anchor from a Swiss-owned, Panama-flagged MSC Alice dragged its anchor through the single fibre cable that provides internet to the Horn of Africa nation.

Min. Hassan stressed that Somalia desperately needs to strengthen its internet capability if it wants to smoothen the path to economic recovery. Djibouti, the minister hopes, can provide the solution to Somalia’s internet woes.

“To act proactively we need to move forward with the discussions of another cable. And Djibouti is a good partner in this regard because eight submarine fiber optic cables land in Djibouti,”

The Somali government estimated that the country lost USD$10 million a day to during the outage.

The following are the major points of the joint statement:

1. Recalling the submarine cable cut near Mogadishu landing station that severed international connectivity to a large geographic area in Somalia, the two ministries recognize the need for at least an additional submarine optical cable connection to Somalia. The two ministries agreed in principle to renew and move forward with the discussions Somali and Djibouti governments and Somali telecommunication carriers and Djibouti Telecom on the Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE) cable, which will connect Djibouti and Mombasa with many landing stations in Somalia.

2. The ministries agreed to promote and strengthen the cooperation between the ministries in a number of areas, such as regional interconnectivity, terrestrial optical fiber, cyber security, ICT regulations, cross border signals issues, spectrum management, and numbering plan, etc.

3. The ministers agreed to convene a meeting between the officials of the two governments; Somalia carriers and Djibouti Telecom in the near future.


Ethiopia looking at 50 percent import needs via Port Sudan

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who is in neighboring nation Sudan for a three-day official state visit has revealed his country’s interest to use Port Sudan for 50 percent of Ethiopia’s import needs.

The premier also indicated that preparatory works are being done between the two countries toward that regard.

Desalegn, who held discussion with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on ways of strengthening ties between the two neighboring countries, indicated that Port Sudan is geographically convenient for Ethiopia’s northern region.

Djibouti presently handles about 95 percent of landlocked Ethiopia’s export-import trade. The horn of African country also hopes the newly inaugurated 690 hectares Doraleh Multipurpose Port, a 590 million U.S. dollars turnkey project contracted by China State Construction Engineering Corporation, to leverage Ethiopia’s ever increasing import-export demand.

With Ethiopia’s population nearing 100 million people, and the economy growing at 11 percent annually, the desire to use the two ports has been considered by the Ethiopian government for some time.

Ethiopia and Sudan have also signed various cooperation agreements earlier this year with an aim to promote economic relations and strengthen overall ties among the two countries. (Source Xinhua)