Somalia and Djibouti To Collaborate On DARE Project

Somalia and Djibouti have announced a conference for the telecom operators of Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, and Government in Mogadishu by 2018 March to discuss their collaboration in the Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE) project.

After concluding a two-day visit to Djibouti, the Minister of Somalia, H.E. Abdi ashur Hassan, announced this collaboration to advance the DARE project, an undersea fiber optic cable planned to run from Djibouti and Mombasa with planned branching units for Berbera, Bosasso, and Mogadishu.

Due to the limited number of fiber optic cables in Somalia, as well as the passage of the telecom law, the country's telecom industry saw this as an opportunity to seek partnerships in the region.

The Minister also noted that Somalia’s postal gateway through Djibouti is now operational for incoming mail for Somalia, while plans are under way to start outgoing mail in the next couple months.

The visit comes nearly six months after holding initial discussions with the Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, in which the two ministries agreed to collaborate in the areas of telecommunications and postal services.

“I would like to thank the minister of communications of Republic of Djibouti for the warm welcome. We hope the Mogadishu conference will decide the future cooperation between the two ministries and telecom operators, including consortium partners for DARE,” concluded the Minister.