HISTORY: The New Somali Passport

Office of the Prime Minister

The Transitional Federal Government of the Somali Republic
November 28, 2006


I am pleased to have the honor to officially announce the issuance of a new Somali National Passport that meets the highest international standards of digital era.
The passport, in combination with national identity cards, will be a fraud-proof document to contribute to the advancement of national and international safety and security cooperation. The document will be issued from a central processing headquarter with the employment of IT personnel specially trained for the purpose.
I am also gratified to inform the Somali general public of the fact that every Somali citizen has a fundamental right to be issued this national document for the sole benefit of his/her freedom of travel and identification regardless of his/her geographical location.
The New Passport being issued now shall effectively and finally replace the old Somali passport starting June 1st, 2007. The old passport shall be deemed null and void on 31st day of May 2007.
On this historic occasion of the release of the new document, I would like to appeal to the international community, on behalf of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and people of the Somali Republic, to welcome this gigantic step of my administration by assisting the holders of the New Passport in every way possible as we kindly request for the cooperation of all states and organizations in facilitating and accepting our new national travel document.
Hon. Ali Mohamed Gedi
Prime Minister
All member states of AU, LAS, ASEAN, OAS, EU, ACP, OIC, GCC, UN, EC, all international organizations, and immigration departments, regional and international travel agencies.
(Drafted by Ismail Haji Warsame)

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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