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DRC: Urgent spending is 18.5% of loans disbursed by June 21, 2019!

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The « urgent expenditures » made by the national executive as of 21 June 2019 represent 18.5% of the credits disbursed since January 2019. Out of a total of 3 638 billion Congolese francs (equivalent of US $ 2.204 billion at the rate of 1650 CDF / USD), this budget item is about 407 million US dollars.

This is apparent from the decoding of the Weekly Condensed Statistical Information of June 26, 2019 made public by the Central Bank of Congo (BCC).

In fact, these are expenditures that are obviously not budgeted and whose process of making them available does not follow the normal circuit. In practice, however, there are other expenses in the budget that are released under emergency procedures.

The analysis of the data made by Zoom Eco of the statistics bulletins of the BCC reveals the behavior of this budget item called « urgent expenses » from January to June 21, 2019.

While in February 2019 these expenditures were estimated at $17 million (6.8% of total monthly expenditures), they reached their peak of the period in March 2019 to reach $ 138.7 million (35,9% of the total expenses of the month).

Between April and May 2019, the curve of these expenditures began to decrease from US $ 86 million (19.5% of monthly expenses) to US $ 57 million (12.4% of monthly expenses). However, the months of January and June, have visibly shared an amount of about 63 million USD.

In the opinion of the expert, it is stated that the execution of the 2019 budget is carried out in a particular context where, in the absence of a legitimate government and a regular Council of Ministers, the head of the State, only to have legitimacy within the state, is forced to incur certain expenses not to block the public action.

Unfortunately, this is a deplorable situation that requires regularization that will have to go through a collective budget. The latter’s plan can only be elaborated and defended in Parliament by a legitimate government whose training has been awaited for six months.

However, analysts note, this situation does not exclude the new national executive from its obligation to rationalize spending by raising the level of rigor and discipline in the management of allocated funds.

Emilie Mboyo

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DRC: OEARSE says « Stop Inga 3 » and demands a preliminary strategic environmental study

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DRC: OEARSE says "Stop Inga 3" and demands a preliminary strategic environmental study

The Observatory for studies and support for social and environmental responsibility (OEARSE) has, in a memorandum, called stop Inga 3 and asked the President of the Republic to sponsor a strategic environmental assessment prior to taking any commitment. This concerns not only the Inga 3 project but also all the other phases of the Grand Inga.

In this document addressed to Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the opening day of the Forum on Electric Energy organized, under his patronage in Matadi, the signatories-activists of the civil society affirm to note with which the project Inga 3 is one of the priorities of the head of state’s diplomatic energy agenda, both internally and externally.

Nevertheless, insists OEARSE, the laws of the Republic of which he is the guarantor require, at the end of the Article 3 of the Decree n ° 14/019 of August 2nd, 2014 fixing the rules of operation of the procedural mechanisms of the protection of the environment , to sponsor the Congolese Environment Agency: « a strategic environmental assessment. »

The latter, recalls OEARSE, « is aimed at the prior systematic examination of the environmental consequences of a policy, plan or program drawn up by the State, the province, the decentralized territorial entity or the establishment public. »

This structure of the Congolese civil society hopes that any decision that the head of state will take as guarantor of the nation in the energy sector, should go in the direction of making the interest of the population a priority « the people first. « 

« This is why our organization says STOP INGA 3 and asks you to stop all the initiatives going in the direction of promoting the INGA 3 and Grand Inga project until the preliminary realization of a strategic environmental assessment, » reads in the memorandum.

Also, she asks the President of the Republic to ensure the opening of a framework of exchange where the girls and sons of the country could discuss in a specific way with his institution on their concerns related to the project Inga 3 and big Inga.

And to insist: « in the energy sector, we can not help you to build a modern, peaceful, democratic and citizen-friendly state unless the guiding decisions of your energy development program take into account the balance between the internal need and the geostrategic stakes of the potential, of the taking into account of the questions of the social and environmental impact on the communities.  »

Emilie MBOYO

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DRC: First Forum on Electric Energy to be held in Matadi

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DRC: First Forum on Electric Energy to be held in Matadi

The Electric Energy Forum is being held in Matadi, Central Kongo Province. During three days of work, the reflections will revolve around the theme: « How to transform the immense hydroelectric capacity of the country into an engine of socio-economic development for the Congolese people, first, the subregion and Africa. « 

The go will be given, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Hotel Ledya, by the President of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi.

This first day is devoted to the state of play of the electricity sector in the DRC.

According to the program, the opening panel with three speakers will focus on the energy potential (renewable and non-renewable energies). The second panel of six speakers will focus on the state of play in the operation and management of electricity (production, transport, interconnections, distribution and marketing).

The work of this day will end with a workshop on the general inventory of fixtures. A gala evening is also planned. It will be enhanced by the Zaiko Langa Langa Orchestra.

About 500 people take part in this meeting, which will continue on Wednesday 21st and close on Thursday 22nd August 2019.

It is also a total of 26 speakers including the chief of staff of the Head of State, Vital Kamerhe, Didier Tsasa and Ibrahima Konate of the World Bank, Simon Tumawaku of the Chamber of Mines, Anthony Nkinzo of the Agency National Investment Promotion and Evelyne Mbata from civil society.

Despite its enormous hydropower potential, the DRC has one of the lowest electricity supply rates in African countries. It varies between 10 and 15% serving more than 80 million inhabitants and a mining industry operating with a deficit of more than 2,500 megawatts.

Presentations and debates, from the state of play to the sector’s development financing strategies and from the mandate program to the electricity sector reforms, will have to allow the national executive to draw a map. clear strategic plan on the medium- and long-term objectives to be achieved.

For informed analysts, it will be question in particular to increase the production capacity to reduce the electricity deficit taking into account the prospect of development of the Congolese industrial fabric. But also improve the circuit of transport of electrical energy.

Emilie MBOYODRC: First Forum on Electric Energy to be held in Matadi

The Electric Energy Forum is being held in Matadi, Central Kongo Province. During three days of work, the reflections will revolve around the theme: « How to transform the immense hydroelectric capacity of the country into an engine of socio-economic development for the Congolese people, first, the subregion and Africa.  »
The go will be given, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Hotel Ledya, by the President of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi.

This first day is devoted to the state of play of the electricity sector in the DRC.

According to the program, the opening panel with three speakers will focus on the energy potential (renewable and non-renewable energies). The second panel of six speakers will focus on the state of play in the operation and management of electricity (production, transport, interconnections, distribution and marketing).

The work of this day will end with a workshop on the general inventory of fixtures. A gala evening is also planned. It will be enhanced by the Zaiko Langa Langa Orchestra.

About 500 people take part in this meeting, which will continue on Wednesday 21st and close on Thursday 22nd August 2019.

It is also a total of 26 speakers including the chief of staff of the Head of State, Vital Kamerhe, Didier Tsasa and Ibrahima Konate of the World Bank, Simon Tumawaku of the Chamber of Mines, Anthony Nkinzo of the Agency National Investment Promotion and Evelyne Mbata from civil society.

Despite its enormous hydropower potential, the DRC has one of the lowest electricity supply rates in African countries. It varies between 10 and 15% serving more than 80 million inhabitants and a mining industry operating with a deficit of more than 2,500 megawatts.

Presentations and debates, from the state of play to the sector’s development financing strategies and from the mandate program to the electricity sector reforms, will have to allow the national executive to draw a map. clear strategic plan on the medium- and long-term objectives to be achieved.

For informed analysts, it will be question in particular to increase the production capacity to reduce the electricity deficit taking into account the prospect of development of the Congolese industrial fabric. But also improve the circuit of transport of electrical energy.

Emilie MBOYO

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DRC: Ogefrem, the Inter-Union against the rehabilitation of nine agents dismissed for embezzlement

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DRC: Ogefrem, the Inter-Union against the rehabilitation of nine agents dismissed for embezzlement

The inter-union of the Multimodal Freight Management Office (Ogefrem) has just opposed its categorical refusal to see being rehabilitated the nine agents and cadres dismissed for embezzlement of over a million US dollars and insubordination. This position was revealed during a press briefing on Monday 19 August 2019 in the parish hall of Fatima in Kinshasa.

Indeed, these trade unionists began by denouncing a sort of fierceness and unfortunate interferences on the part of political actors in the management of the company.

« The inter-union was informed by social networks, before arriving at their final destination, a series of correspondence from the chief of staff of the Head of State, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Transport ai . and the chairman of the board of directors of Ogefrem, « she says.

According to the syndicalists, all these correspondences have as sources either contradictory memos coming from unauthorized persons, or based on erroneous information.

 

The inter-union deplores « the fact that the chief of staff of the head of state is misled by people who seek to harm not only this enterprise state that stands out for its remarkable recovery since the implementation. place of the new management committee, headed by Patience Sayiba.  »

Also, she laments, this policy interference that promotes clientelism instead of the interests of agents who have seen their salaries be paid regularly while with the former management committee, they accumulated late payments.

These agents believe that reinstating agents dismissed for public hijackings in no way in line with the fight against corruption, impunity and embezzlement of public funds advocated by the head of state, Felix Tshisekedi.

Moreover, the inter-union recalls that this file of revocation was well followed and treated not only by the inter-union of the Ogefrem but even more by the general Inspectorate of the work, the Primature where an ad hoc committee was even instituted by order of President Kabila at that time.

She calls on the competent authorities’ wisdom to reverse this decision taken under the influence of ill-intentioned persons and without consulting her beforehand.

She warns against anyone trying to create tension in this company and invites agents to calm down while waiting for his slogan.

Nadine FULA

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