Congo's Western Kasaï area's MP asks the government to support stronger access to banking

Aug 12, 2013

Clément Kanku, Member of Parliament for the Wester Kasaï area, recently met with the minister in charge of budget Daniel Mukoko Samba regarding the lack of banking infrastructure in his region.

Clément Kanku, Member of Parliament for the Wester Kasaï area, recently met with the minister in charge of budget Daniel Mukoko Samba regarding the lack of banking infrastructure in his region.

The minister agrees that some areas in Congo face an enormous economic challenge linked to the unavailability of banking services, either through traditional bricks and mortar agencies or through mobile banking, due to the absence of reliable telecommunication infrastructure.

However, Mr Samba gave the MP his personal assurance that the government was going to tackle the issue, in order to ensure that public servants are paid on time.

An agreement has already been signed with Caritas Développement Congo (Caritas
DRC), affiliated with Caritas Internationalis, and other institutions in territories where there are problems due to the lack of both banking institutions and mobile networks.

The development of banking infrastructure, very much criticised at its beginning, is now welcome in Congo. It is seen as a major instrument in the control of public spending. Large sums used to disappear from the budget in the form of payments to non existing public servants. This is, of course, not possible when salaries are transferred to bank accounts, which must belong to an individual, verified by the banking institution.

As a result, each public servant is now receiving their salary, contrary to what was happening in the past when major budgetary cuts had to be implemented.ADNFCR-2976-ID-801624078-ADNFCR