After Somaliland, which hired the Glover Park Group (GPG) to lobby for it in Washington, now it`s Mogadishu`s turn to take one.
The governor of the Central bank of Somalia (CBS), the economist Abdusalam Omer, wrote on 3 April to the American former Democrat congressman Toby Moffett to confirm that he was appointing his public relations company Moffett Group to be CBS`s official representative in the United States. Omer is an old acquaintance of the Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who appointed him to the post in January (ION 1349). The letter states that Moffett`s task will be to determine which funds owned by Somalia or Somalian people are still frozen in American banks and other financial institutions. Now that the United States and Somalia have normalised their diplomatic relations, Abdusalem Omer considers that any such funds should be handed back to the CBS. The CBS governor asked Toby Moffett to mobilise congressmen from both parties to ask the American government to locate and evaluate the sums involved. Omer`s letter concluded by setting a date for the two men to meet again before the end of the month, to coincide with his trip to Washington for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Moffett Group had already been hired in 2011 by Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud aka Farole, the President of Puntland (an autonomous region in the north east of Somalia) to try to persuade ConocoPhillips, which had abandoned searching for oil in Somalia in 1991, to resume doing so in Puntland (ION 1324). The person mandated to liaise between Puntland and the Moffett Group is Kadir Abdirahman Mohamud, its President`s son.
Gla letter to Anthony Williams and Abdusalam
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