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GEOSOL: HOW MAYOR SOLTELCO AND HIS FRIENDS PLAN TO MAKE MILLIONS IN UNLAWFUL TAXES FROM HARGEISA PROPERTY OWNERS.

Published on September 28, 2019 by   ·   No Comments

March 26th, 2018 President of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi unveiled a program by Hargeisa Municipality to modernize and manage property and land using geographic information system or GIS.

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President of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi at the inauguration of the GEOSOL project

Before we delve into the details of the history of GIS in Somaliland, GEOSOL and how it’s connection to the Mayor of Hargeisa Mr. Abdirahman Mahmoud Aidid SOLTELCO, let us understand how a GIS system would benefit Somaliland in many aspects from simple navigation to infrastructure development and town planning.

Somaliland might be one of the last countries on earth without actual home addresses, especially in main population centers and as a result, the National Identification and driver’s licenses lack an actual place of domicile.

Emergency services, whether medical and fire would not be effective without the ability to locate a victim or the address of the house that is on fire. And while Somaliland has one of the highest adoption rates of mobile communication, emergency services cannot locate subjects via GPS.

It is important to understand that this report is not about the importance of GIS and how beneficial its proper implementation would be for Somaliland and its development, instead our report focuses on the likelihood of success of this project given the record of Hargeisa Mayor and his local council during their tenure

BRIEF HISTORY OF GIS IN SOMALILAND

Efforts to create GIS systems in Somaliland has been ongoing since the late 1990s by multiple UN and International NGOs. The first joint effort was started by UNHCR in collaboration with UNDOS even though it was not detailed enough for urban management and navigation.

UNHABITAT has created a GIS based land management system for many municipalities in Somaliland including Hargeisa as far back as 2004.

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