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Norway paying employees of the Somalia government

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The Norwegian government has begun paying the salaries of 380 employees of the Somalia government to help build up the country's legitimacy, Eidsvoll Holmas, Norway's international development minister said.

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The first payments were made last week to the Ministry of Finance and Auditor General, reports The

Eidsvoll Holmas, Norway's international development minister, said Norway decided to pay the salaries to create "a strengthened public financial sector" that will "control the budget, be transparent with their projects, and so enhance the reputation of the government."

"Building up the state's competence allows it to increase its legitimacy, and so you get greater incentives to create political stability and peaceful development," said Mr. Holmas.

Employees of the departments must register their biometric data to ensure the payments go to the proper person. The payments are administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

At the same time the EU has announced that it will provide additional support of more than €124 million to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

This new financial support by the EU will cover costs including troop allowances for all AMISOM soldiers, police and civilian components of the mission, as well as operational costs of the mission headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

This support will be critical in allowing AMISOM to continue to fulfill its United Nations Security Council mandate to carry out active peace support operations across Somalia.

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