30 October 2018

Somalia: Somali Cabinet Approves $340m Budget for 2019

The cabinet of the federal government of Somalia on Monday approved a $340 million budget for 2019. Finance minister Abdirahman Duale Baileh told a cabinet meeting that his ministry is expected to generate a huge amount for the budget from local revenues. Mr. Beileh said the internal revenue increased by $30 million -- thanks to the government's Domestic Revenue and Public Financial Management Capacity Strengthening Project. Part of the budget will come from foreign donors.

"The ministry of finance has strived to make as much revenue as possible," Mr. Beileh told fellow ministers at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire: "The budget has hits an all time high of $340 million owing to financial reforms and economic growth. The ministry will review the budget and adjust accordingly to increase disbursements to the ministries."

The minister pledged transparency in the process, saying, "the more transparent our budget is, the better Somalia's chances of getting debt relief from the international donors (will be)." The new budget is $65m more than the 2017/2018 budget which was $274 million. Somalia's economy was forecast to grow by an average of between 3.5 and 4.5 percent annually in 2019-2022, according to the World Bank.

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