The self declared but unrecognised Republic of Somaliland is a stable and peaceful democracy in the North West of Somalia. In contrast to the problems of the south of Somalia, Somaliland has made progress in establishing the basis for economic growth and lasting peace, in spite of its failure to gain recognition as an independent state. President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud 'Silanyo' has been President of Somaliland since his election in July 2010. He will speak about his plans for Somaliland and the country's regional role. The President will discuss the opportunities presented by Somaliland and will reflect on the peaceful transfer of power after July's successful elections. President Silanyo previously served as Minister of Finance in Somaliland and is leader of the Kulmiye party.