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US News Madagascar: Bill of Finance adopted in record time in the National Assembly

06:05  24 november  2021
06:05  24 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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L'Assemblée nationale de Madagascar (photo d'archives). © RFI / Sarah Tétaud The National Assembly of Madagascar (file photo).

Less than a week after the publication of the 2022 Finance Bill and in just 5h session, Malagasy MPs adopted - without amendment - the framework text for the coming year. A "big disappointment" for civil society, which deplores this year again unable to discuss and debate with "very rushed parliamentary vote on the budget."

With our correspondent in Antananarivo, Sarah

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Radert Hony, Secretary General of collective of citizens organizations and expert finance bills, applauded this budget increase, while remaining cautious. "Now it is up to these departments to show their ability to use wisely these benefits by establishing a framework that will have involved all stakeholders. "

The finance bill also removes some tax advantages of free zones.

"How the state he made a consultation with the private sector before making this decision? Especially in this context post-Covid, where the economy is trying to find his rhythm, it really is essential to find this dialogue before taking decisions that can greatly impact priority areas such as free zones. If we can not produce it right, impossible to recover from the crisis and advance either economically or socially, "warns the expert.

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Another point of contention, budgets without a destination. Down but nevertheless still present.

"Today they represent 5.9% of the budget (EUR 180 million) against 8.2% in 2021. But there are still significant amounts that are there, especially at the so-called new projects "Emergence". We note an allocation of 585 billion ariary (€ 131 million). It is unclear what will serve this money. So this goes against the principle of budget credibility. "

For Hony Radert, it is a" false provision. " "The departments concerned will have to apply for authorization in the Council of Ministers before they can use these funds. This will take time in view of the delay of the proceedings. Finally, use this money [transparently, Ed] may be difficult. "

Lack of transparency Civil society inquired this year to know for what purpose the so-called fund" without a destination "had been used this year. Unable to get a response so far. "We have no visibility on the topic" concedes Hony Radert.

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Finally, all eyes are turning to external borrowing plan, which more than doubled compared to last year, from now to 15 600 billion (€ 3.5 billion) of debt intended to

2022. "We see that the state wishes to acquire military defense equipment amounting to over 400 billion. It insists on the establishment of a consultation platform on public investment programs. It is to know what is a priority, what are we going to borrow. Because it engages the Malagasy population on the repayment of such loans, therefore we want to know what we mean ... That is not found again with a loan like the cable Tana (151,000 million euros loan with France) without knowing the opportunity of spending and without knowing to what extent these expenses meet the needs of the population! "

All hopes are now worn on the senators. Who, hope the expert, will be more responsive to civil society and the private sector.

A public debate will be organized on Friday to present the recommendations of citizen associations.

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