By Goth Mohamed Goth
The chairman of Somaliland Diaspora Agency Mr. Abdi Abdillahi Hirsi (Dayaxweraar) and Brigadier General Mohammed Osman A’alin , the director of immigration department meet on Tuesday discuss grievances and obstacles faced by the members of diasporas community coming to our country to invest.
During the meeting, the SLDA officials and members of the diaspora community who own a diverse range of businesses expressed their grievances in regard to the challenges while obtaining work permits/visa and some employers were also facing challenges finding workers with the skills and qualifications they needed (not available locally) those foreign workers who fail to honor terms of employment contract and foreign workers who visa has being cancelled after the worker whose employer terminated him reasonably but attempts to return to the country.
On his part, Brigadier General Mohammed Osman A’alin , the director of immigration department flanked by the officers in charge of the visa and employment department briefed members of the diaspora business community on laws and requirements to obtain foreign skilled workers visa and the problems which arise , the role of immigration department and the need to foster close working relations with the various governmental departments such as the ministry of foreign affairs and Somaliland mission abroaso as avert technical hurdles. The Immigration boss also briefed on the wide range of activities which Department of Immigration undertakes in safeguarding our borders be it land, maritime and airports, immigration history and past experiences, as well as the past achievements in the field of immigration service.
The two sides highlighted the importance of economic and employment opportunities brought by the members of diaspora who returning to invest in the various businesses in the Somaliland and that they should be encouraged to invest and address those challenges which hinders their return and investment many in the country.
Lastly, both parties and members of diaspora business community agreed on several important points , while at the same time pleading to consult with the various stakeholders in a bid to solve the matters on hand such as the legislations, contract enforcement , investors rights and issues regarding laws in relation to hiring foreign labour.