The Head of State encourages the government to use public resources well

Kinshasa, August 24th, 2021 (CPA).- The President of the Republic, Head of State, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, urged the government, in its communication during the 16th Council of Ministers, chaired at the end of the week by videoconference from the City of the AU, to a good allocation of public resources, in order to privilege the general interest and to stimulate a positive impact on the daily well-being of the people, through the improvement of budgetary governance.

The Head of State encouraged the ministers to move in this direction, building on the progress of the Democratic Republic of the Congo which, on the list of the latest international ranking relating to the budget transparency of African countries, occupies 13th place out of the 53 countries. of the continent, with the mention « significant progress » in this matter, according to the US State Department.

« The President of the Republic presented his encouragement

to members of the Government and to all the spending departments in charge of this issue, inviting them to strengthen the appreciation of citizen participation throughout the budget cycle, in order to allow our country to gain points in the next ranking, to be among the first”he underlined, quoted in the report of the said Council made by the Minister in charge of Communication and Media, Patrick Muyaya Katembwe.

Scores that improve

In addition, it emerges from the international survey report on the open budget 2019 for the DRC, drawn up by civil society organizations to the Finance Reform Orientation Committee (COREF / PROFIT CONGO) and presented in May 2020. , that the DRC had gained 4 points in the international ranking on the open budget, going from 29/100 in 2017, to 33/100.

Our country is also ranked 6th French-speaking state in terms of public finance transparency, a score that has improved thanks to the increase in the information provided.

The DRC maintains its first position in French-speaking Africa, in relation to citizen participation in the budget process, thanks to the fact that the country has put in place mechanisms for citizen participation at all stages of the budget process, both at the national and provincial levels. that local, thanks to COREF, with the support of Profit Congo, we inform.

A determination of « significant progress » indicates that during the period under review, from January 1st to December 31st, 2020, the government of the DRC has satisfactorily addressed a key deficiency in meeting the minimum requirements of budget transparency.

 During this period to the credit of President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, progress can be noted, in particular the publication by the Court of Auditors of its audit report within a reasonable time and the process of awarding contracts or licenses for the extraction of resources, we inform. ACP/

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