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Somalia - Moving the Federalism Agenda Forward (English)

Nearly 30 years after the collapse of the Siad Barre regime, Somalia has made considerable progress in defining a new relationship between the federal government and the member states. But key agreements on the allocation of functions and revenues between the two tiers of government have yet to materialize. This paper considers three options: (i) maintaining the status quo; (ii) shifting most revenue raising powers to the federal government while assigning responsibility for major functions to the states and financing those functions through intergovernmental transfers; and (iii) concentrate both revenue-raising powers and expenditure responsibilities at the federal level. This paper endorses the second option, as it responds to the desire of states to maintain substantial autonomy, while establishing a federal government that can provide security against external threats, ensure a basic level of public services available to all Somalis regardless of where they live; and facilitate the free movement of people and goods throughout the country.


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    Sharma,Natasha, Dillinger,William R.

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    Somalia - Moving the Federalism Agenda Forward

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    federal government; Federal Ministry of Education; value-added tax; free movement of people; tax income tax; north atlantic treaty organization; system of equalization transfer; division of expenditure responsibility; federal personal income tax; Primary and Secondary Education; Fragile and Conflict Situations; federal corporate income tax; revenue-sharing arrangements; International Trade; source of revenue; revenue from taxes



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Sharma,Natasha Dillinger,William R.

Somalia - Moving the Federalism Agenda Forward (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.