Establishment of MFA&IC dates back to 18 May 1991 when the people of Somaliland regained their independence from Somalia and declared the secession from the merge with Somalia in the Grand Conference held in Burao for the peacebuilding process and the self-determination of Somaliland future. MOFAIC was included in the executive council of 18 ministers and 4 vice ministries appointed by presidential decree by the first President of Somaliland, Mr. Abdirahman Ahmed Ali (Tuur) who was elected by Burao Grand Conference as interim president for two years as according to Provisional National Charter drawn up. Sh. Yusuf Sh. Ali Madar was nominated as the first Foreign Minister of Somaliland in May 1991 to May 1993; who was as well the second Chairman of Somaliland National Movement (SNM) between 1/1982-11/1983. Since then MOFAIC has been a key ministry of the government serving the state in the lead of the decisive efforts towards international recognition as the first priority foreign policy goal, building political and diplomatic ties, creating and enhancing regional and international cooperation as well as foreign investment. When founded, the Ministry made its office (Headquarter) inside the Presidency Compound till in 1991 and stayed there till 1993 when the 2nd Borama Grand Conference was held and new president was elected as Mohamed Haji Ibrahim Egal.
The name has changed different times to the current foreign affairs and international cooperation. It was “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” between 1991-1997, “Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Planning” between 1997-98. The Planning Ministry was separated in the same year and so again remained “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” between 1997-2010. On election of Somaliland President, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Silanyo) and the incumbent Kulmiye Political Party in the year 2010, not only the name was changed as the present “Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation” but immense transformation was made to the mandatory responsibilities of the state foreign policy as according to the Political Program Kulmiye presented to the public for the campaign period. In this sense, this government emphasized the foreign policy be more dynamic and daring in the struggle for international recognition, more energetic and industrious in the aspects of attracting international cooperation, direct aid, bigger foreign investment and implement productive public diplomacy strategies to boost political, economic, social and cultural ties with world states.
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