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The President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi returned to the Hargeisa, the capital of the Republic of Somaliland after touring the eastern regions of the country.

President Bihi and a delegation of minister and other government officials embarked on tour to the country’s eastern regions where he inaugurated projected implemented by Somaliland government. This is the second time President Bihi has visited the eastern regions of Berbera and Togdheer and first such visit to Daadmadheedh.

Presidential Spokesman Mr. Mohamoud Warsame Jama who spoke to the media at Berbera said “The purpose of the President’s visit is to get an accurate picture of the state of the country’s regions and districts and to accelerate the development work that is currently underway in these regions“.

President Bihi and his large delegation started the tour on October 18th with a visit to Berbera where he toured the port has officially commissioned Somaliland’s latest tugboat. The Berbera Port expansion project nearing completion is the largest direct foreign investment in Somaliland by DP World.

President Bihi continued on to Togdheer region and its capital city of Burao where he has attended the graduation ceremony of Burao University and cut the ribbon on various government projects.

President Bihi as one of the keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony delivered a buoyant remark on the country’s current heading and touched on the subject of taxation and how corruption is one of the factors that prevents people from paying their fair share of taxes.

The President and his delegation held a series of meeting with local elders and cut the ribbon on projects implemented by Burao Water Agency.

The President’s delegation continued on to Dadmadhedh region and its capital of Odweyne where the President once again cut the ribbon on projects implemented by Somaliland government including the Central Bank’s Branch in Odweyne.

President Bihi has praised Odweyne and its illusterious history in the role of Somaliland and noted the fact that it is the Birthplace of late former President HE Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal.

The status of many projects that President Bihi broke ground on his previous visit to Togdheer and Burao is unclear, a point raised by Hargeisa’s former Mayor and former Minister of Finance Mr. Mohamed Hashi Elmi who asked the President to fulfill projects he pledged in his last visit.

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