Somali PM suspends World Bank funded project for further review

Somali government has suspended multi-million dollar project deal to develop major towns in Somalia hours after Finance and representatives of some regional states inked the agreement.

According to article carried by Somali National News Agency, Somali prime minister, Hassan Ali Kheire ordered the project to be halted for further review and inclusion of all states.

The agreement was signed on Saturday by Finance minister, Abdirahman Duale Beileh and representatives from Puntland, Jubbaland and Southwest states.

The $112 million worth urban infrastructure development agreement was meant for Baidoa, Mogadishu, Kismayu and Garowe towns.

Irate and public uproar

The suspension follows public uproar in social media regarding the deal with some of the public claiming two regional states including Galmudug and Hirshabelle were left out.

Some of netizens hailing from the two regional states have condemned what they ” a move exclude their states.”

They complained discrimination of other regions in development projects.

Responding to the complain by the public, the PM called for more discussion and review of the agreement.

Early last December, World Bank approved a $112 million grant ‘to deliver prioritized infrastructure in Somalia’s cities and strengthen municipal government capacity.’

The global lender said the Somalia Urban Resilience Project (SURP) II will support infrastructure investments in strategic cities such as Mogadishu, Garowe, Kismayo and Baidoa.

It added it was also laying the groundwork for expansion to cities in the States of Galmudug and HirShabelle to achieve national coverage.

The financing for the Somalia Urban Resilience Project (SURP) II includes a $50 million IDA (International Development Association) and $62 million co-financing from the Somalia Multi-Partner Fund (SMPF).

IDA is a division of the World Bank which offers low cost loans and grants to heavily indebted countries. Somalia qualified for IDA financing in 2018.

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