Over the past few years there has been a significant growth in trade and investment between Africa and the major markets across the world, and the continent has made great strides in building strong investment ties especially with the Middle East and broader OIC markets.

Hosted by The Central Bank of Djibouti and held under the Patronage of the President of Republic of Djibouti, the International Islamic Banking Summit Africa: Djibouti 2016 is an innovative gathering which regularly convenes global industry leaders to boost economic development and facilitate greater trade and investment flows between Africa and the OIC markets through Islamic finance.

The international court of justice has heard a border dispute case last week (19 September to 23 September 2016) contesting the normally neighbourly states of Somalia and Kenya against each other over waters containing potentially large oil and gas reserves in the Indian Ocean.

The breakout of civil war in the late 1980s resulted in a total collapse of the government regime in 1991. Thousands of Somali refugees were forced to resettle in refugee camps in neighboring countries Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen.

ISWADA – which is Somali for Leading together is an initiative run by a group of young people. Last year, around the time of the 2015 UK general election the Iswada team carried out work on the representation of the ‘Somali voice’. This was explored by speaking to Somalis across various London boroughs to understand some of their main grievances.