Graham Zebedee, the British Ambassador to the DRC highlighted some important facts about Congolese public finance in his New Year address.
The government spent just as much money on the Parliament as on the country’s health system in 2014.
12% of public finance went to the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s office and Parliament; the equivalent of funding for primary, secondary and technical education.
Public services are funded by ordinary people, diaspora groups, Church associations, NGOs and foreign partners.
Few countries worldwide are as aid dependent as the Congo.
With annual disbursements of $550 million annually, the UK is Congo’s second most important donor after the US.
As emphasized in the Congo Masquerade book, the Ambassador drew attention to the gap between policy design and policy implementation.
Source : QUOTIDIEN 14ème Année Edition n°4029 APA du 8 janvier 2016 OLB-BBOS.