MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua)
-- The World Bank has approved two investment programs worth
about 80 million U.S. dollars for Somalia as well as the first
four-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to help spur
inclusive growth and resilience.
Bella Bird, the
World Bank’s Country Director for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and
Somalia, said the strategy will support the government’s goal to
expand service delivery, build resilience to climatic shocks,
and boost economic opportunities in Somalia.
“For this CPF, our
focus is to support Somalia’s institutions to extend their reach
in providing services to citizens and to scale up our
interventions that will open up economic opportunities,” Bird
said in a statement released on Tuesday evening.
She said the
strategy for 2019-2022 reflects the progress in economic reforms
and institution building since 2013, and marks the first
International Development Association (IDA) financing for
government in more than 30 years.
Bird said the World
Bank’s role since reengaging has been to help Somalia rebuild
core institutions that can restore citizens’ trust and
redistribute resources to address extreme poverty and begin to
create opportunities for those who have been excluded.
Hafez Ghanem, Vice
President of the World Bank for Africa, said Somalia’s stability
and prosperity are key to the stability of the region as a whole
and lauded the government for their commitment to reform and the
steps taken towards building a better future for the country.
“Somalia provides a
global example for how the Bank can operate in the most
challenging contexts where our help is needed most,” said Ghanem.
The lender said the
Horn of Africa nation has made progress in building institutions
and improving economic performance through legislation, revenue
mobilization, and engagement with the private sector since its
It said political,
economic and security reforms achieved over the last five years
have led to an opportunity to address structural drivers of
The CPF will help
increase revenue, build capacity of municipalities for urban
resilience and improve delivery systems for more inclusive
social services, said the World Bank.
It said the strategy
also aims to improve the business environment and increase
access to finance for greater inclusion and increase access to
energy and water for rural resilience and productivity.
Somalia’s Puntland court
sentences three militants to death
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia’s Puntland State military court on
Wednesday sentenced three militants to death while three others
were handed life term jail after finding them guilty, officials
Awil Ahmed Farah,
chairperson of the Puntland State Army Court, said the six were
found guilty of belonging to both al-Shabab and Islamic States
terrorists groups in Bosaso town today.
He added that these
militants were arrested in the latest military operations in the
region, saying that the court also conducted other judgments on
two soldiers of Puntland’s army.
Puntland State is
fighting against al-Shabab and IS militants in the remote areas
of Bari region in northern Somalia in the last five years.