The World Bank and International Monetary Fund say the Somalia government has taken necessary steps to be eligible for billions of dollars in debt relief, returning Somalia to the global financial fold.
Somalia is expected to see its $5 billion debt reduced to one tenth of over the next three years.
The World Bank’s Somalia country representative said the debt relief will be provided once the country delivers reforms, and negotiate relief conditions.
Somalia had not made repayments since the onset of civil war in the country 30 years ago. That has made it impossible to access loans from international lenders.
Debt cancellation for Somalia means the government can acquire funds needed to improve services across the country.
Somali prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire said in reaction to the development, it was like a second liberation after the first which was the independence of the country.
He said the timing is also right, coming at a time when they are going through a difficult challenge. He said this will give the country an opportunity to provide services to the people and more importantly to combat the coronavirus that is terrorizing global order.
Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott
Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.
Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.
Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.
Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.
The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.
Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.
Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants
The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.
The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.
The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.
The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.
Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections
Cameroon authorities have deployed military personnel on the streets ahead of protests scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday.
The army said, all military personnel have been put on alert in Cameroon for four days starting Monday, over fears the Tuesday protests could cause severe public disorder.
Opposition leader of the Cameroon renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto has been calling for peaceful protests, demanding that president Paul Biya step down, and that regional elections in the Anglophone regions be reformed, so to include the marginalized communities.
Members of the government have been quick to criticize the call for protests made by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, labelling his movement as an insurrection. They also are forbidding all demonstrations, threatening any protestors with “life imprisonment” should they answer Kamto’s call on Tuesday.
Since 2017, security forces have been violently repressing activists demanding the independence of the Anglophone regions. The instability, has forced half a million people from their homes.
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