Countries and companies in the Gulf region have been urged to invest in Somalia and contribute to it ongoing economic recovery of Somalia by visiting dignitaries appearing at the opening of the Somali Producers’ Conference & Exhibition 2014 (SOPEC) in Dubai.

SOPEC is an industry-led event aimed at linking Somali businesses in agriculture, fisheries and livestock to international markets, under the technical support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and with funding from the European Union.

Its speakers included Michele Cervone d’Urso, EU Ambassador to Somalia, Adan Mohamed Nur, Somalia’s Minister for Trade and Industry, and Luca Alinovi, FAO’s head of office in Somalia, and a comprehensive summary of the event and what was said is also available here.