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Global lenders clear Somalia for debt relief

Written by on March 26, 2020

Somalia is finally back in the global financial fold after the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said the government had taken the necessary steps to be eligible for billions of US dollars in debt relief.

The announcement is expected to see the country’s debt reduced from $5.2bn (£4.3bn) to just a tenth of that over the next three years.

World Bank’s Somalia country representative Hugh Riddell told the BBC that this was the beginning of a wider and coordinated process to relief Somalia’s debt.

“The structure is that the country delivers reforms, it negotiates debt relief conditions with its creditors and once those conditions have been delivered, debt relief is then provided,” Mr Riddell said.

Somalia had not made repayments since the onset of the civil war 30 years ago, making it impossible to access loans from international lenders.

Debt cancellation for Somalia means that government can acquire funds needed to improve services across the country.

Reacting to the development, Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire it was like “a second liberation after the first which was the independence of the country, to reach where we have reached”.


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