Somalia: Premier Minister Sharmarke Appoints New Ministers of Industry, Energy

Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke named new ministers of industry and energy, hours after the Horn of Africa nation’s legislators approved a law to lure foreign investment.

Abdrirashid Mohamed Ahmed was appointed minister of commerce and industry, replacing Abdirahman Abdi Osman, according to a decree read Tuesday on state-run Radio Mogadishu. Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman became minister of water and energy, taking over from Mohamed Hassan Aden, it said.

Lawmakers approved a bill giving foreign companies a legal framework to invest in the country, Parliamentary Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawarey said Monday in the capital, Mogadishu. Somalia, which has been mired in civil war for a quarter-century, is using recent military advances against al-Qaeda-linked fighters to try and attract investors to help rebuild the economy.