For the first time the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers, Toyota, has for the first time joined the fray and exhibited their pieces.
The Toyota Meryl group has anchored in Somaliland. Their business establishment premises have its construction underway hence is soon to be completed.
The head of the chamber of commerce Mr. Mohammed Shukri Hulul invited guests and shoppers to the fair saying that it is now the change of times for the better.
“The only thing that the ears of the world got wind of coming out of this region were sad stories of violence, displacements etc”, and added, “but now it is for the better”.
Finance Minister Hon. Abdiaziz Samale saluted the organizers for their work and urged the populace to be industrious. “The better educated a country is, the better her business acumen and development,” he said.
The treasury chief however quipped in a veiled attempt to coax and nudge the business fraternity to fully pay taxes said that he hailed “the chat dealers for duly paying their taxes”.
Chat is a mild narcotics leaves imported from Ethiopia that is widely chewed in the region.
Other dignitaries who spoke to the audience were cabinet ministers Hon. Abdillahi Geljire, Hon. Farah Elmi Geedole and Hon. Abdirahman Adami of the Fisheries, Commerce and Defence respectively.
They all had encouraging and congratulatory words for the Chamber of Commerce and the associated sponsors of the events.
Dahabshiil Group CEO Mr. Abdirahman M. S. Duale, Telesom’s Commercial Director Mr. Abdiwahab Mohamud Maah and Somtel operation manager Mr. Awil Salah Abdi were notable technocrats seen at the fair’s opening day.
Notably a Miss. Merryll of the Toyota was one of the foreign country representative exhibitors. Other nations included companies from Ethiopia and Yemen.
Another notable player in the fair was the newly inaugurated Somaliland Beverage Industries (SPi) which won a lucrative deal with the world’s leading beverage company, Coca-Cola.