GOOBJOOG NEWS | MOGADISHU: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is scheduled to hold a meeting this month to deliberate over Somalia’s debt relief proposal.
The decision is expected to be issued during a high level meeting scheduled by the IMF executive board scheduled to be held on 13th December in Washington DC follows a staff-level agreement reached in November between Somalia and the IMF.
Under this agreement, Somalia is poised to receive about $100 million over a 36-month period under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF).
The ECF, a tool of the IMF, is designed to provide sustained financial support to countries with protracted balance of payments problems.
For Somalia, a nation grappling with economic challenges, this arrangement could mark a turning point in its financial recovery and stability efforts.
The IMF’s decision to consider debt relief for Somalia is a response to the country’s ongoing economic reforms and commitment to meeting the necessary requirements.
Over the years, Somalia has been working closely with international partners to rebuild its economy, enhance governance, and combat corruption.
The financial assistance under the ECF will support Somalia’s economic programs, aiming to foster sustainable and inclusive growth which is expected to address critical areas such as poverty reduction, infrastructure development, and improving public financial management.
Additionally, this support is seen as crucial for Somalia in attracting further international aid and investment, key for its long-term economic revival.
The IMF’s move is also a signal of confidence in Somalia’s current trajectory towards economic reform and governance. This meeting and the subsequent decision could set a precedent for how international financial institutions engage with countries facing similar economic challenges.
As the December 13 meeting approaches, stakeholders in Somalia and the international community await the decision, hopeful for a positive outcome that will bolster Somalia’s path to economic recovery and stability.