After a month of back and forth arguments about how much the Congolese government would require running its affairs, a final settlement has been reached and $10billion will be used for 2020 financial year.
President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo assumed office in January and it took him about seven months to name his cabinet. It was another tough assignment owing to the fact that he has less control of the parliament.
Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila reached an agreement to divide the main cabinet posts roughly evenly between their two camps. Now that the president has a cabinet team in place, he only needed a budget to start implementing his agenda.
On Friday, the government of Tshisekedi adopted the draft budget for 2020 worth about 10 billion US dollars. The 2019 budget size was $6billion- the new one represents an increase rate of 63.2%.
Analysts say this will be a historically high budget in a country where the authorities have always struggled to maximize revenue and collect it.
According to the Government, this budget will take into account the introduction of free primary education and the gradual implementation of universal health coverage.
However, government experts say they want to work on the computerization of the recipe chain for the traceability of it as well as the transparency and fluidity of the circuit of its execution.
In other words, fighting corruption and embezzlement that had hitherto hampered the implementation of previous budgets.