President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi addressed the nation this afternoon on renewed hostilities in Sanaag region and spoke at length on various measures his administration is currently working on to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
President Bihi has spoken on the government’s initial three million dollar funding for the COVID-19 prevention fund and appealed to businesses and the public in general to give contribute.
President Bihi thanked Mr. Ismail Ahmed, the founder and the Chairman of World Remit financial services company and a native son of Somaliland who has donated 1.4 million dollars worth of medical goods to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The President added that Mr. Ahmed has also imported more products that he will be selling back to the public at cost.
President Bihi also spoke on austerity measures that will curb spending due to anticipated economic impact of COVID-19. Austerity measures were first reported by Geeska newspaper.
On the khat import, a subject of Dr. Gabose’s recent appeal to the President to halt its import, the President addressed the difficulties of trying to ban khat in a country with porous borders but added that there are still ongoing discussions with khat traders and that he expects some good results from those negotiations soon.