Dahabshiil feted as the business of the year

March 29, 2016
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Britain's minister for Africa James Duddridge (left) presents Dahabshiil CEO Abdirashid Duale with the Business of the Year award/CFM
Britain’s minister for Africa James Duddridge (left) presents Dahabshiil CEO Abdirashid Duale with the Business of the Year award/CFM

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Leading Money transfer company Dahabshiil is one of the institutions that were this week recognized for its contribution to the international community.

British Somali Olympian Mo Farah was awarded the sportsman of the year in the ceremony to recognize the contribution of the Somali community in the international society.

Dahabshiil was feted as the business of the year.

Britain Prime Minister said: “Despite the hardships and challenges they have faced, many Somalis, both within Somalia and across the worldwide Diaspora have achieved incredible success in fields as varied as business, academia and sport. I know that for many people around the world, one of the defining moments of the London Olympics in 2012 came courtesy of a man born in Mogadishu: the great Mo Farah.

“But what I find more remarkable is that Mo’s story is actually just one example of the dedication shown by so many within the Somali community. So to each winner I say this: It is your hard work, creativity, courage and leadership that has brought you here; many congratulations for all you have achieved.”

Cameron supported a ministerial assembly at the International Somali Awards (ISA), which were co-sponsored by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mo Farah CBE was awarded Sports Person of the Year, while other award winners included financial services group, Dahabshiil; British film maker, Mo Ali; NGO, Adesco Africa and academic and humanitarian Hawa Jama Abdi.

Duddridge said: “Britain is the only EU member state with an embassy in Mogadishu. We are the leading donor to a new World Bank and UN capacity building programme, providing support to selected
government ministries.”

The ISA pays tribute to inspiring Somali success stories from all walks of life, and recognises inspirational role models from the fields of business, social work, sports, education and entertainment.

Commenting on his award recognition Mo Farah said: “It is an honour to be recognised by the International Somali Awards for my sporting achievements. The Awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the inspiring stories of people from around the world. Somalia has created some truly remarkable people and
it is time we acknowledge their efforts.”

The Somali community is perhaps most renowned for its entrepreneurialism and business aptitude.

Companies such as Dahabshiil and Efritin.com have led the way in social entrepreneurship and fostering job creation in the Somali region

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