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UK will review their travel advice on Somaliland

Hargeisa(Horn)-“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice is clear that the British Embassy in Mogadishu is unable to provide consular assistance in Somalia, including in Hargeisa. However, we keep this decision under review.” This was stated Ms. Harriett Baldwin, UK’s Minister of State (Department for International Development).

MP Stephen Doughty asked the minister two questions about Somaliland at the UK house of commons this week. These are the two questions and their answers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing enhanced consular services in Hargeisa, Somaliland.?

Harriett BaldwinMinister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice is clear that the British Embassy in Mogadishu is unable to provide consular assistance in Somalia, including in Hargeisa. However, we keep this decision under review.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid her Department provided aid to Somaliland which was delivered by multilateral agencies in each of the last three years.

Harriett BaldwinMinister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID does not compile formal aid spend statistics broken down at sub-national level. However, information on UK Government spend in Somalia through multilateral agencies, which includes spend in Somaliland, is shown in the table below for the last 3 calendar years, 2014 to 2016.

UK Official Development Assistance to Somalia, 2014 – 2016

2014 (£ thousand) 2015 (£ thousand) 2016 (£ thousand)

Bilateral funding 123,791 121,828 151,715

Of which was channelled through multilateral agencies 56,769 41,788 57,614

Estimated core multilateral funding1 18,474 23,610 21,061

UK funding to the core budgets of multilateral organisations cannot be directly attributed to countries, instead estimates are calculated on the basis of the spend of the multilaterals in countries and the UK’s share of core funding to multilateral organisations

 

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