Mogadishu, Somalia – Somalia recently signed an agreement with the Ethiopian government that exchanges khat for fish, an agreement immediately welcomed by outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
According to the agreement signed by Somali Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Abdillahi Bidhan and Ethiopian Ambassador Abdifatah Abdullahi will allow the Horn of Africa nation to export fish to its neighboring landlocked country.
âThis process is just the start. Many people may have heard of Kenyan khat, why was it banned? Khat in Kenya was banned and the Kenyan government refused to allow us to export our products to their country. things, âMinister Bidhan said.
The first shipment of 5,000 tonnes of fish from Somalia was sent to Ethiopia.
The move was immediately welcomed by Farmaajo, as the Somali entrepreneurs are Farmaajo’s brother, Hassan, and Ali Yare Ali, currently deputy mayor of Mogadishu.
Somali khat traders accused President Farmaajo of monopolizing the khat trade for the benefit of his family. The president ensured that his brother Hassan and the deputy mayor of Mogadisho Ali Yare Ali were the only holders of an exclusive license to import the product, leading the Ethiopian khat known as Hareeri is pouring out for the first time in the markets of Mogadishu, after the Somali government imposed a ban on Kenyan khat.
The same people were again licensed to export fish from the country.
Somalia – China Fish chords never welcomed
Many analysts believe the company is a family business, which is why the president hastily welcomed khat-for-fish exchanges and never hosted after Somalia granted fishing licenses to 31 Chinese vessels to exploit tuna and related species off the coast of Somalia.
Suspicion was heightened when former Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar resigned due to a disagreement with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on licenses to import khat from Ethiopia by Hassan Farmaajo and Ali Yare Ali, deputy mayor of Mogadishu while the profit goes to Villa Somalia.