Chinese to build airport in Somalia’s Puntland state

Chinese to build Puntland airport 

A Chinese company has began building an airport in Bossaso town, the commercial capital of Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in northern Somalia.

Puntland President Abdiwweli Mohamed Ali Wednesday launched the project to be undertaken by China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).

President Ali stated that the project was being funded by Italy at a cost of $10 million.

The occasion in Bossaso town, 1,500 km northeast of Mogadishu, and facing the Gulf of Aden, was attended by UN and Italian officials.

President Ali stated that upon completion, the Bossaso airport would serve the whole of Somalia, adding that CCECC would complete the construction in 10 months.

The President underlined that CCECC had a good experience and expertise in carrying out civil works in Africa.

“Puntland chose CCECC for the job of constructing the Bossaso airport because it realised such ambitious projects as the Tanzania-Zambia railway line,” said President Ali.

In another development, Malta has announced its intentions to establish diplomatic relations with Somalia.

Malta Foreign minister George Vella and Somali diplomat Ali Said Faqi, signed an agreement on the fringes of an EU-Arab League conference in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday.

According to Malta Today, the government said the diplomatic relations would make it easier for Malta to request the help of Somalia in vetting asylum seekers who claim to be Somalis.

Many migrants, including Somalis, who exit the coast of northern Africa, end up in Malta. 

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