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Delays to the Somali elections will have no impact on Remittances - IAMTN


’The delay of the election for the new President of Somalia is likely to have little or no impact on remittances’ Leon Isaacs, Managing Director of the International Association of Money Transfer Networks’ said. Estimates out the value of remittances into Somalia at up to USD 1 billion annually. These remittances are made through organisations that have been able to operate under extremely challenging circumstances and in a country where there is no central bank and the regulatory regime is quite different to anywhere else in the World.

The main factor that will affect remittances in the short term is not political but is the impact of the global economy. Somalis, like other communities, have been hit with the impact of more unemployment, higher costs and exchange rate fluctuations. The exchange rate has had a particularly significant impact for those based outside the US recently. This is because money sent to Somalia is denominated in US dollars and some European countries, where many Somalis are, have seen their exchange rates devalue against the USD by up to 35% in the last 4 months meaning that it can will cost a migrant a third more to send the same amount of money. ’This is hard to explain to someone who is depending on that money to arrive.’

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