The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has begun a new mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to look at, among other things, the fight against corruption, which mobilizes civil society and worries the European Union.
« The mission is here to look at the laws and institutions in the areas of public finances, the Central Bank, the fight against money laundering and also in the fight against corruption, » said Tuesday. AFP the representative of the IMF in Kinshasa, Philippe Egoume.
The mission, which will last until December 20, wants to identify « vulnerabilities that can lead to situations of poor governance. »
It is very rare for a country to be able to increase its income by 50 to 60% from one year to the next
On Monday, the IMF discussed « issues related to governance and the fight against corruption » with Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga.
This IMF mission, the third in less than a year, « will make recommendations to the government, » added the Twitter account of the services of the Prime Minister (the Prime Minister).
In addition, the IMF has deemed « unrealistic » the draft budget of the Congolese state for 2020, reported Friday the agency Bloomberg.
This project currently under discussion in Parliament is $ 10 billion, compared to 5.5 this year. « It is very rare for a country to be able to increase its revenues by 50% to 60% from one year to the next, » said IMF representative Philippe Egoume, quoted by Bloomberg.
A campaign « Congo is not for sale » asked Monday the head of state Felix Tshisekedi « the rigor of the unconditional sanction against the authors of misappropriation and corruption ».
The United Movement has declared 2020 « Year of the fight against corruption », with the intention of carrying out awareness-raising actions from primary school.
Also on Monday, the EU stressed « the persistence of corruption, money laundering, property rights abuses and misappropriation of public funds » nearly a year after the inauguration of the new head of state .
The DRC ranks 161st in the Transparency International Corruption Rankings published in January 2019.
In July, the new president Felix Tshisekedi had promised the end of the reign of the « untouchable corrupt and corrupt ».
The prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in September in the so-called « 15 million dollars » case, allegedly diverted from the treasury, which involves the chief of staff of the head of state. An investigation that has not given anything so far, deplore the actors of the fight against corruption.