Somali PM receives Mahmoud Mohieldin of World Bank in Baidoa

BAIDOA, Somalia – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has on Thursday held talks with the vice president of the World Bank Group Mahmoud Mohieldin, amid economy growth above expectations for the next three-to-five years in Somalia.

Mr. Mohieldin paid a visit to Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of the capital, Mogadishu

The meeting was discussed on wide range of issues, including economy growth of Somalia.

The World Bank said on Monday, Somalia’s economy is expected to grow by 2.9% this year, from 2.8% last year, before growth quickens to 3.2-3.5% in the medium term.

Mr. Khaire also met with UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and the Assistant Secretary‑General for Peace-building Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco in the town.

The talks between Khaire and UN officials also focused on security, debt cancellation, development projects and humanitarian situation in Somalia.

Mr. Khaire called on UN aid mission to help desperate people in towns where Somali army forces drove out of Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group.

Somalia has been hit by famine and sporadic terror attacks by al Shabaab.

The country descended into turmoil since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew President Siad Barre and then turned on each other.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: