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Somalilanders And Ethiopians Celebrate ‎Berbera Corridor's Inauguration
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Somalilanders And Ethiopians Celebrate ‎Berbera Corridor's Inauguration

SOOYAAL Trains Returnees To Build Their Own Houses‎

The EU Gives Geedi $11.7 With A Further $57.3 ‎Million In The Pipeline

Three Killed As Vehicle Hits Landmine In Somaliland

Thirteen Die Of Measles In Awdal Region

Alleged Thieving Affects Pulse, ‎Oil Seed Export Via Djibouti

Local & Regional Affairs

Somaliland: CIIR Partners Appeal For Women To ‎Be More Involved In Politics‎

The EU Will Shortly Appoint Special ‎Envoy For Somalia in Jowhar

The EU Expressed Concern To Somaliland‎

African Businesses Hit Hard; Tourists Scared Off ‎By Pirates‎

Two More Ethiopian Journalists Detained In ‎Growing Crackdown‎‎‎

Cinema Clashes End In Mogadishu

New Somali Regime Overwhelmed By ‎Violence, Hunger‎

Editorial

International News

The Pirates of Somalia

North South Prize of the Council of ‎Europe for Geldof and Gebre

Leader Of Area Mosque Arrested By U.S. Agents

Somali Refugee Petitions UK Govt

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

How Illegal Fishing Feeds Somali Piracy

Taking A Punt On Puntland

The Isaq Somali Diaspora And‎ Poll-Tax Agitation In Kenya, 1936-41

Special coverage  of UK couple killers murder trail in Somaliland

Awdalnews Editorial: Fairness Knows No Enemies

From African Bush To Scotland Yard - ‎The Murder Trail That Led To Al-Qaida

Four Face Death For Murder Of Two UK Aid ‎Workers

Death For Somaliland Aid Killers

Sentenced To Death

Opinions

Another Diplomatic Gaffe

THE EMPEROR WITHOUT CLOTHES

'My Husband Refused To Operate His 3rd Eye,'‎Said Dahabo

Open Letter To Ahmed Mohamed Hashi Dhimbiil

A Reply To Shoon Omar

KULMIYE Is The Alternative, Dear Dhimbiil


Berbera, Somaliland , November 19, 2005 (SL Times) – Government officials from Somaliland and Ethiopia came together Wednesday in this city's old state House building to celebrate the first Ethiopia bound cargo to be imported through the Red Sea port of Berbera .

The cargo which consisted of electric goods ordered by the Ethiopian government owned Electric Power Corporation arrived aboard a Singapore registered liner PIL which docked at Berbera on November 9. The shipment was brought in 55 containers of the 40ft type.

The cargo was later forwarded to Ethiopia by a fleet of 50 Ethiopian registered trucks which earlier this week arrived at Berbera through the border crossing point of Tog-Wajaale.

After protracted negotiations, Somaliland and Ethiopia had formally concluded in May 2005 a trade agreement allowing Ethiopia to use Berbera port for its import and export of goods. The agreement called for the formalization of trade between the two countries and the establishment of customs offices at main border crossing points such as Wajaale and improvement of road infrastructure.

Ethiopia 's export to Somaliland consisted mainly of Qat and vegetables while Somaliland re-exported sugar and rice. But high tariff rates and lack of formal bilateral agreements between the 2 sides have until now limited the scope of trade exchange to the informal sector. However, this week's launching of the Berbera corridor is expected to boost trade between the two countries.

According to Mr. Abdeita Dirbissa, Ethiopia 's representative in Somaliland , at least 2 Ethiopian imported shipments are expected to arrive at Berbera port before end of this month.

Mr. Abdeita was optimistic about the future of trade relations between Ethiopia and Somaliland . He said he was pleased that the dedicated efforts of Somalilanders and Ethiopians have finally paid off.

Alemeyahu Gabre Selassi, Acting Director of Ethiopia Maritime and Transit Service who also participated in last Wednesday's celebration expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome that members of his delegation had received during their stay in Somaliland.

Mr. Gabre Selassi who headed a 10-member Ethiopian delegation to help super vice the clearance and forwarding operations, said he was confident trade between Somaliland and Ethiopia will grow.

Somaliland minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Edna Adan Ismail, told the Ethiopian delegation that her government was committed to making the trade link between the two countries successful.


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