For the first time since its independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has just implemented a specific program for the inclusive development of the country’s 145 territories. In this context, 750 members of the Kinshasa Provincial Assemblies will meet this weekend to learn about the content of this program, at the initiative of President Félix Tshisekedi.
as reported from Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe
$ 1.6 billion is the budget mobilized by the government and its partners for this development project for the 145 territories of the DRC. This colossal amount will be invested in road, education and social infrastructure and in the construction of hospitals. The program aims to be inclusive, with the participation of the people of the territories concerned.
An approach that focuses on the rural world, whose goal is to reduce poverty and social inequality, according to President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi. “More than seven out of ten Congolese continue to live below the multidimensional poverty line even today, with large differences between cities and the rural world.”
For this project to succeed, the Congolese head of state also drew the provincial deputies’ attention to another reality: corruption. In his view, the latter tends to drag the country down: “The phenomena of corruption, inequality and climate change continue to expose our country to far-reaching systemic risks,” notes Tshisekedi.
The political parties will no doubt seize the opportunity with the presence of these deputies in the capital to form alliances ahead of the forthcoming election of governors in the provinces.