Somalia Currency Exchange Project (WB-P172057)

  • Somalia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jun 25, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Ministry of Finance
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  • Finance
  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 55.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 3, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jan 15, 2020

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Project Description
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The Development Objective of the project is to support the issuance of a new, legal, low denomination national currency notes to replace the counterfeit and old notes currently in circulation.

The project has four components:

  1. Currency design and planning of implementation activities: The CBS will issue banknotes with low denominations and appropriate security features, namely SOS 1,000, SOS 2,000, SOS 5,000, and SOS 10,000. The CBS has already began to work on the design of the new currency and has completed the currency specifications including size, security features, and other specifications. The new series of banknotes will have much improved security features compared to the series from 1983–90 and will be difficult and time-consuming to copy by both traditional and computer-based printing methods. Typically, local counterfeiters do not exhibit sophisticated techniques and use crude in-house techniques. At this stage, the project will fund planning activities by the CBS, including development of a clear logistics and communication plan.
  2. Currency exchange implementation: Through this component the CBS will implement all currency exchange activities. Printing of banknotes will be procured internationally through a competitive tendering process. There are several specialized currency printing firms with facilities in the U.K., US, Germany, Switzerland and Russia that would be eligible to bid for this project. Delivery of the banknotes will be done by the vendor(s)8 via air or ship to Mogadishu, upon clearance by the CBS/Currency Management Unit. Transportation from the harbor/airport to this facility would be arranged with Somali security and AMISOM forces. In addition, the communication consultant hired under the project will execute all communication activities by coordinating with key stakeholders. The new banknotes will be distributed through MTBs and the process is expected to not to exceed 90-100 days.
  3. Ongoing technical assistance: Subject to securing adequate funding, the project will finance TA to the CBS to ensure sustainability of the project. The CBS organizational reform and governance (including having a wellfunctioning currency management unit) and stronger financial sector regulations (including mobile money operators) will be needed to ensure that new national currency can be managed appropriately and achieve the development objectives of ‘a sound and stable legal tender national currency’.
  4. Financial management, and monitoring and evaluation: This component would finance all the costs
    pertaining the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within implementing entity; financial management, and monitoring
    and evaluation (M&E).
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World Bank:
Alwaleed Fareed Alatabani, Neema Mwingu
Lead Financial Sector Specialist

Ministry of Finance
Abdirahman Duale Beyle

Implementing Agency:
Central Bank of Somalia
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi


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