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(Reuters) – Somalia will press ahead with poverty reduction efforts and a major regional ports and corridors initiative if international creditors forgive the country’s $5 billion debt this February, as expected, the country’s finance minister said on Sunday.

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DOHA:  The Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Washington, DC, from October 14-20 were attended by H E Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance.

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Somalia and the African Union Mission (AMISOM) have called on national security forces to strive to protect children in combat zones as they fight al-Shabab militants in the Horn of Africa nation.

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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Saturday that she supports Somalia’s efforts to achieve debt relief through the global lender’s Highly Indebted Poor Country program. In a statement issued after her meeting in Washington with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, Georgieva said Somalia was committed to making further reforms despite challenging […] The post IMF chief Georgieva says supports debt relief for Somalia appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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The finance ministers of Kenya and Somalia insist that a maritime-border dispute between the two nations won’t stop the cross-border flow of humanitarian aid and trade. The dispute about ownership of a 150,000 square-kilometre (58,000 square-mile) area off their Indian Ocean coastline has not caused any hostility between the two nations, Somalia Finance Minister Abdirahman […] The post Kenya, Somalia Say Aid Will Keep Flowing Despite Border Dispute appeared first on Horseed Media • Somali News.

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Militants were killed during a military operation near the town of Jalalaqsi, Hiran region Over 20 Somali-based insurgent group al-Shabaab militants were killed and several weapons seized after Somali National Army (SNA) conducted a military operation in the central region of Hiran, officials said on Saturday.

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Kenya’s security officers said Friday they have launched a major manhunt for al-Shabab militant behind recent murder of 11 police officers near the border with Somalia. The police said Abdullahi Banati, a Somali Galjeel, led a team of militants that planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that killed paramilitary police officers from HarHar camp on Oct.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has postponed oral hearings in the Somalia Maritime dispute to June 2020, following a request by the Kenyan government. A communication issued by The Hague-based court on Thursday however, warned that there will be no further postponement of the matter.

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The Commander of a Turkey-trained commando unit was killed, Friday, in Mogadishu in an exchange of fire between his bodyguards and unknown assailants a stone’s throw down Villa Somalia, the President’s office.

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For roughly six minutes Thursday night, President Trump predictably singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) during his campaign rally in her home district of Minneapolis. As photos of Omar wearing a headscarf flashed across jumbo screens at the Target Center in the city, Trump ramped up his broadsides against the freshman lawmaker, slamming her as an “America-hating socialist” and […] Source

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Somalia summoned Kenya’s ambassador after a Kenyan-registered plane landed in the port city of Kismayo in the southern state of Jubaland without “official permission,” amid a simmering maritime-border dispute between the neighbors.

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A Mars Avia Antonov AN-74T-100, registration EK-74008 performing a flight from an unknown origin to Mogadishu (Somalia), was on approach to Mogadishu when the crew could not extend the landing gear. After working the checklists, which failed to lower the landing gear, the crew declared emergency, prepared for a gear up landing with emergency services […] Source

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 Deadline or deadlock? AMISOM’s future in Somalia. Reconfiguring AMISOM would be better for Somalia than the focus on its withdrawal that preoccupies donor countries. The African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) planned transition of primary security responsibilities to Somalia’s security forces is underway.

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Abdi Warsame came to the community center to talk about his vision for Africa Village, his long-envisioned mall for Minneapolis’ East African hub. He never got the chance. Protesters shouted and hoisted signs the moment the two-term City Council member entered the crowded room that night in August.

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A plane carrying former presidents of Galmudug and South West states, Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, has arrived in the southern port city of Kismayo. The former regional state leaders were accompanied by about 30 members of the Federal Parliament and were welcomed at the Kismayo airport by the Jubbaland vice-president.

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GENEVA – The International Organization for Migration has helped 143 Somali refugees, stranded in war-torn Yemen, return home earlier this week.   The group of Somali refugees, including 56 children, set off by boat from the port of Aden on Monday and arrived at the port of Berbera in Somaliland the following day.

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Somalia and its international partners met in Mogadishu on 1-2 October 2019 for the Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF). The participants took stock of the progress made since the previous SPF in July 2018, and agreed priority actions to address the remaining challenges together.

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The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia. The previous one had been closed in January 1991 during the country’s civil war. The new embassy building is located on the grounds of Mogadishu’s international airport.

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The UN senior envoy in Somalia has called on the government to set clear objectives and timelines with the goal of delivering on the set priorities by 2020. James Swan, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia who spoke at the ongoing Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF) in Mogadishu, called for concerted efforts to tackle […] Source

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Diana Putman, a Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced that the U.S. Government is providing nearly $257 million in additional humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to help the people of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Mogadishu.

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has given a befitting farewell to Police officers from Sierra Leone and Zambia who served for one year under the Mission. Amisom Police Commissioner, Rex Dundun thanked the officers for their professionalism and discipline in building the capacity of the Somali Police Force.

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Only the most vicious of droughts get a name. The one in Somalia is named Sima. Bahile Hassan, a 60-year-old grandmother says this is the worst of all of them. Sima, in fact, means “equal” in the Somali language because the drought is hammering everyone equally hard.

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