Somalia Announces Taxation of 157 Companies Operating from Aden Ade International Airport

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Monday July 10, 2017 - 23:17:49 in Latest News by Super Admin
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    Somalia Announces Taxation of 157 Companies Operating from Aden Ade International Airport

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somalia government announced on Monday that it is planning to establish a taxation task force to negotiate payments and proper licensing to 157 foreign and local firms that operate inside Mogadishu International airport, th

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Representatives from the foreign firms that operate at Mogadishu International airport meeting with Senior Government officials. Photo Credit: MI
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) Somalia government announced on Monday that it is planning to establish a taxation task force to negotiate payments and proper licensing to 157 foreign and local firms that operate inside Mogadishu International airport, the Somali ministry of Information said.

The announcement follows after senior government Officials met last week with a number of local and foreign companies numbering 157 companies that operate Mogadishu international airport.  The Ministers attended at the meeting included Ministers of Finance, Commerce, Transport & Civil Aviation, Labour, Public Works, Ports, Information and others in order to ensure that these companies are fully licenced to operate in the country and that they ensure to employ Somali citizens rather than foreigners.


"It is important that companies with offices inside the secure area of Aden Abdulle International airport contribute to the economic well-being of Somalia.” Abdirahman Omar Osman (Engineer Yarisow), Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism said in a statement released by the ministry on Monday evening, "These companies provide important support to the UN, the international community and aid agencies, who pay well for these services. It is only right and proper that these companies, who profit from the situation in Somalia, contribute towards ending the political turmoil of the past and help build a prosperous and peaceful future.”

The government said that it reassured to the companies that taxation will be handled in accordance with international standards and will be independently monitored to insure transparency and accountability.

"This move will allow the Federal government to record all the security companies working in the country and ensure that they hold to proper insurances and are operating within the law and are accountable for their activities.” Abdirahman Duale Beileh,  the Minister of Finance said, "Weapons will be registered and standards of training adhered to, while encouraging these companies to employ more Somali staff.”

These announcements represent further steps by the Federal Government of Somalia to regulate the activities of foreign companies and raise revenues to pay for the programme of reforms and improve the lives of Somalis.

Representatives from these companies, from security firms to catering companies, attended the meeting and expressed their readiness to pay taxes and wanted to know the process and information.

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