Adamawa. Actors Implement Public Investment Budget to Improve Procedures

They have been meeting since Tuesday December 18, 2018 in the Festival Hall of the Centre for the promotion of Women and the family in Ngaoundere in the framework of the national conferences on the execution of public contracts by Cindy Daouda, head of mission sent for the needs of the cause as the year 2019 will be marked by the use of information and communication technologies in the public procurement chain.

Emmanuel NGOTA

In the Cameroonian context marked by a strong tendency to “contingency plans”, the execution of public contracts encounters many problems, notably the slowness in contracting, the notification of the award of contracts and the execution.  In this respect at the end of the exercise the consumption of the deadlines is always higher than the execution of the work in the field. The logical consequence of this situation is the delay in the development of the basic social infrastructure intended to improve the living conditions of the people.

As the year draws to an end, the Adamawa region has recorded about 260 projects awarded to the region for a cost of more than 6 billion. Of the 260 projects, 174 tender files were received in so many invitations to tender, 260 contracts were signed and notified, i.e. 100% contracting. These figures predict the best tomorrow surprise in terms of the execution of the shipyards which revolve around 68.36% for a reception rate of 43.07% as at 30 November 2018. This rate of reception is lower than in previous years.

Governor Kildadi Taguiéké Boukar justifies this low rate by the delay in contracting in the region and hopes that with the introduction of ICT in the public procurement circuit, the data could change. With the Decree of 20 June 2018, the system will be more efficient. The procedures will be more expedited, argues the governor of the Adamawa Region.

The actors are unanimous on the fact that for good performance of the markets for the benefit of the populations, all contracts must be passed by 30 April 2019. The Cameroonian ministry of economy informs that by June 30, 2018, 37.39% of the public investment budget had been implemented. In detail, it is 49.97% of internal resources for 23.72% of external.

The ministry notes that this implementation is short compared to the rate observed during the first semester of 2017. Indeed, that year, the national committee in charge of the implementation of the public investment budget indicated that the rate was 52.83% by June 30, 2017.

In that regard, on July 16, 2018, the ministries of economy, finance, and public procurement market launched a review meeting in Yaoundé to determine the problems encountered in the implementation of the budget and come up with solutions. This meeting will be concluded on July 20, 2018.

Let’s remind that the 2018 public investment budget is CFA1,292 billion in payment appropriation against CFA1,586 billion in 2017 (a difference of CFA294 billion between the two periods).

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