World bank approves 100 mln usd grant for somalia’s reform efforts


July 28, 2022

The World Bank has approved a 100-million-U.S.-dollar grant to help Somalia’s reform efforts and strengthen fiscal transparency and boost revenue.

“This operation will increase the government’s fiscal space to respond to the drought situation while continuing to support reforms that advance progress toward attaining debt relief,” World Bank Country Manager for Somalia Kristina Svensson said in a statement issued Wednesday evening.

A person enters the building of the Washington-based global development lender, The World Bank Group, in Washington on January 17, 2019. / AFP/Getty Images

The World Bank said the grant will support the continuation of Somalia’s reform efforts in reaching the Completion Point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative when Somalia will be eligible for full and irrevocable debt relief. The lender also said the operation supports the government’s efforts to improve fiscal transparency and increase revenues through the harmonization of customs regimes across the federation and improving the governance of intergovernmental fiscal transfers.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank approved Somalia’s eligibility for the HIPC Initiative on March 25 last year, removing the constraints on economic growth and poverty reduction and providing access to International Development Assistance (IDA) instruments to mitigate the impact of multiple crises in Somalia.

The grant will help create the building blocks for strengthening intergovernmental fiscal cooperation to enhance the ongoing state stabilization agenda critical for stimulating inclusive economic growth by fostering trust and enhancing financial transparency between the federal government and member states, the World Bank said. “Together, these efforts will help improve the government’s ability to continue to provide cash transfers for the country’s poor and most vulnerable, including women, which are a critical coping mechanism amid continuing shocks.”

According to the World Bank, Somalia remains vulnerable to shocks, including repeated cycles of drought and floods, higher commodity prices and the COVID-19 pandemic, which continue to test the resilience of the Somali population.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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Somalia’s Institutions get a Boost to Help Bring the Country Closer to Debt Relief

NAIROBI, July 31, 2023 — Somalia’s efforts toward building strong institutions received a boost with a new $75 million grant, the second in a series of two grants that is helping the country make progress on its path to qualify for full and irrevocable debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.

In a context of multiple and overlapping shocks related to frequent climatic hazards, as well as widespread fragility, the Somali government is implementing an ambitious reform program to build institutions, attract investments, and achieve inclusive economic growth and job creation, aligned with the ninth National Development Plan which outlines numerous priority areas for moving the country forward, several of which are supported by this Development Policy Financing (DPF).

“This DPF supports the government’s aspirations to build the foundations of a modern economy with strengthened institutions. It also signals the significant progress Somalia has made in terms of institution-building and economic development, paving the way for a more stable and sustainable future,” said Kristina Svensson, World Bank Country Manager for Somalia.

To develop high-potential sectors for economic growth, Somalia has approved new laws that establish the institutional environment in key sectors such as fisheries and electricity. To mobilize much needed private capital to develop these sectors, a new investment and investor protection law was enacted. To increase access to finance, a digital identification law was approved, which can support better know-your-customer protocols, alongside a data protection law to provide safeguards on the use of personal data.

The DPF supports the building blocks of harmonized customs regimes across Somalia, which can encourage cooperation, increase trade, raise revenues, and simplify procedures for the private sector. In addition, as the volume of public resources increases, the DPF supports a strengthening of the external audit function, which is critical for safeguarding the use of public funds and building trust between the government and citizens in a context of weak governance. Somalia’s substantial economic potential will only be realized with greater stability and improved governance arrangements, which can in turn help reduce fragmentation and strengthen the social contract.

Alongside efforts to implement institutional reforms, Somalia has signed debt relief agreements with major creditors and is holding discussions with some remaining bilateral and multilateral creditors. Despite multiple shocks, Somalia is maintaining macroeconomic stability. These institution-building reforms take Somalia closer toward the goal of attaining debt relief, which will wipe away the legacy of loans contracted during the pre-civil war era, thereby turning a new page in the country’s development trajectory.

Resources from the DPF will help the government to ensure that essential public expenditures can be paid. Over time, institution-building and sustained economic growth can help Somalia to build buffers to shocks and strengthen resilience.



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