Somalia Govt Begs Diaspora's Financial Support As International Donors Cut Off Funds
Somali Minister of Finance Abdirahman Duale Beyle has said that the International donors have stopped direct budget support to the federal government of Somalia.
Beyleh said the government spends approximately 30 million dollars on salaries which is half of the budget provided by the international donors.
He said that funds previously received from the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia had recently been used to pay their salaries and that they had run out.
“The international donors cut the budgetary funds last August, the government had been doing means and way to pay the salaries, We used funds provided by Saudi Arabia and Qatar years back but the government coffers are now nearly empty,” Minister Beyleh said.
The minister blamed the international community for cutting off funding to the Somali government since December last year but did not disclose the cause of the move cut by the donors.
Minister Beyle said the federal government accounts are nearly dried up and urged Somalis worldwide to support the federal government financially.
Beyle’s remarks on the government’s financial woes come years after the ministry shared documents with the public on improving the country’s fiscal policy, the country’s economic growth and progress on debt relief.