IMF Sees Somalia's Economic Growth Accelerating to 3.5% in 2019

Published: February 27, 2019

The International Monetary Fund projects Somalia’s economy will expand by 3.5 percent this year and next year, compared with a forecast of 3.1 percent in 2018, as the Horn of Africa nation implements an economic program monitored by the lender.

“Somalia’s economy is recovering but further efforts are needed to secure economic resilience and reduce poverty,” the Washington-based lender said Wednesday in an emailed statement. “Since 2017, growth has rebounded, inflation has slowed and the trade deficit has narrowed.”

Data through November 2018 shows that domestic revenue reached $161 million, or 31 percent higher than the same period in 2017, and the overall cash fiscal position was in surplus by $8 million, according to the IMF. Earlier this month the IMF completed its first review of an ongoing economic program with Somalia, according to the statement.

By Eric Ombok

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