DP World’s Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Middle East & Africa, Mr. Suhail Al-Banna, who is on a working visit to the Republic of Somaliland, has signed an agreement with the management of Sheikh University of Science and Technology to fund a state-of-the-art laboratory for the university at the price tag of a quarter of a million US dollars.
DP World is currently Somaliland’s largest direct foreign investment partner and manages the Berbera Port and Free Trade Zone through 30-year concession signed in 2017
The Sheikh University of Science and Technology is community owned public university is located in the picturesque mountain-top town of Sheikh in the Sahil region and is home to the legendary Sheikh High School that counts many of Somaliland’s intelligentsia as its alum. Its Board of Trustees include the Minister of Finance Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire and the Director of Hargeisa Cultural Center Dr. Jama Musse Jama.
The University’s current course offering includes natural sciences such petroleum and mining engineering, hydrology, environmental sciences and information and communication technology.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Al-Banna and his delegation as well as many government officials and community leaders including the Mayor of Berbera Abdishakur Mohamoud Hassan Iddin and teh Berbera Port Manager Mr. Saeed Hassan Abdillahi.
DP World collaborates with other educational institutions in Somaliland such Abaarso and Barwaqo University and has funded other small-scale projects in and around Berbera.