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Public Investment Budget: Significant performance at the end of the first half of 2020

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Le Comité National de Suivi de l’Exécution physico-financière de l’investissement Public a tenu sa première session au titre de l’exercice 2020, ce jeudi 20 août 2020 à Yaoundé.

 

The mid-term execution of public investment shows a physical achievement rate of 40.62%. This figure was validated during the work chaired by the Honorable Rosette Ayayi Moutymbo, President of the National Committee for Monitoring the Physical and Financial Execution of Public Investment and President of the Finance and Budget Committee at the National Assembly. This rate is down slightly by 1.32 points year-on-year, compared to the same period in 2019 (42.27%).
According to Rosette Ayayi, who appreciated the performance achieved, "we would have expected a considerable decrease, given the current context marked by the coronavirus pandemic which particularly affects the socio-economic activities of our country".

It should be noted that this performance is the result of the implementation, by the Government, of the strategy aimed at optimizing the execution of the Public Investment Budget since the 2016 budget year. In particular, through the contraction of start-up times. budget execution; optimal ownership of procedures by all stakeholders, and strengthening support for all stakeholders in the execution of the public investment budget.

The President of the National Committee nevertheless indicated that the Coronavirus pandemic has affected some regions more than others. "We can raise the case of the Center region, whose physical execution rate goes from 19.62% during the same period in 2019 to 7.77% at mid-term of the 2020 financial year" she said. precise. It should also be noted that the public investment budget has experienced difficulties in its execution.

This concerns in particular the difficulties linked to the contracting of projects with insufficient ownership of the contracting procedures by the heads of municipal executives and the insufficient maturation of certain budgeted projects.

There are also difficulties related to the physical and financial execution of projects due, among other things, to delays in the physical execution of certain jointly funded projects, due to the delay in the payment of FCPs, the abandonment of certain construction sites and the security crisis in certain regions. We also note the difficulties related to the mechanism for monitoring project implementation.

At the end of the work, some recommendations were formulated for better physical and financial execution. It is therefore a question for the various actors to work to strengthen the capacities of the heads of the newly elected municipal executives in the procedures for contracting and monitoring the execution of the BIP; supporting companies winning contracts in the North-West and South-West Regions by ensuring, as a priority, the payment of the accounts for work carried out in said regions.
It is also a question of inviting the heads of the municipal executives to a frank collaboration with the State engineers in the realization of the projects, in accordance with the regulations in force.