Hargeisa – 26th July 2017. The Government of Somaliland has today officially launched the Hamas-Hargeisa road rehabilitation project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). The launching of the project was officiated by the H.E The President of the Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud "Silanyo" at Hamas Town, along the Hargeisa – Berbera road.
Hargeisa-Berbera road was constructed in the early seventies and is one the strategic road in Somaliland connecting Sea Port city of Berbera to Hargeisa and to the Ethiopian border. Somaliland Roads Development Agency (RDA) had recently completed rehabilitation of 100km along the same road stretching from Hamas to Sheikh through Berbera. This work included rehabilitation of Hudiso Bridge RDA has also complete Construction of 20.6 Km of Kalabaydh – Dila road along Hargeisa – Borama. Both projects were funded by SDF and have so far significantly improved the road conditions, reduced travel times, motor vehicle accident and vehicle operating costs. These benefits are ultimately expected to spur economic activities along the areas traversed by the roads and beyond.
The project launched today is also funded by the SDF and involves rehabilitation of a further 30km from Hamas towards Hargeisa. This is expected to further improve the condition of the road reduce travel times between Hargeisa and Berbera. This project is expected to be implemented over a period of 8 months. Once completed, the RDA will have rehabilitated 130km of this with SDF funding.
While underscoring the importance of the road to Somaliland, Mr. Ali Hassan Mohamed, the Minister for Public Works and Housing said, " I want to assure the SDF contributing donors that the tax payers money has been spent in a much needed sector - the road infrastructure. I am delighted that we are launching the Hamas-Hargeisa road rehabilitation project which will contribute a lot to road safety."
Somaliland Minister of National Planning Mr. Ali Hussein Ismail on his turn, thanked the SDF contributing donors their generosity and commitment towards the uplifting of Somaliland’s economy through infrastructure projects that boost the economy “On behalf of the government of Somaliland, I would like to thank to SDF contributing donors on their tireless effort towards supporting development projects in Somaliland. The road project is significant for improved economic activities between Somaliland and neighboring countries particularly Ethiopia”
The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands.