Making his second visit to the UAE in just over two months, President Muse Bihi struck the best deal for his citizens with the agreement which will open up exports also for neighbouring Somalia.
The Minister said the to-be-incorporated agency will attend to all matters relating to the health, export, and regulation of livestock export, and that, the bureau will come into line expediently.
In 2016, citing health issues, the Saudi Kingdom stopped importing Somali sheep and goats, thus, effectively, putting a stopper on the primary foreign currency earner for Somalis.
Since then, only a trickle had found its way to Mecca. In both 2016 and 2017, the Saudis granted a short reprieve which allowed livestock from Somaliland to enter Jeddah on hurried-arranged, temporary permits.
Somaliland, which is strategically placed on the Suez Canal, will enjoy the new agreement especially with the current expansion of the Port of Berbera which is being carried out by Dubai based DP World.