27 October 2013

Somalia: Federal Govt Cabinet Debates 2014 Budget

Mogadishu — The Somali Federal Government council of ministers Sunday debated 2014 annual budget and reviewed an agreement in which Ministry of Public work and housing struck with a Turkish company on 24 October, Garowe Online reports.

The extraordinary cabinet meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon initially focused on broad discussions of increasing 2013's $109 million as New Deal Conference offered huge amount of financial aid to Somalia and Mogadishu port management deal.

The Somali Federal Government spokesman, Ridwan Haji Abdiweli who spoke to the media after the cabinet meeting said "Council of Ministers agreed on the increment of next year's budget and also passed Federal Government-Turkish Company, Al Bayrak agreement," adding that Al Bayrak would run Mogadishu port for 20 years by renovating the buildings and improving the port service.

Abdiweli noted that Somalia Federal Government expects Al Bayrak to increase the current port revenue from $300,000 to $6.5 million.

Meanwhile in Mogadishu, a wounded journalist Mohamed Mohamud Tima Adde was laid to rest after he died from gunshot wounds at Mogadishu hospital where he had been receiving medical treatment on Sunday morning.

Unidentified gunmen attacked Tima Adde while he was driving into home in Mogadishu's Wadajir district on 22 October.

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