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US News Electricity sector in Madagascar: The World Bank requires accounts to the authorities

01:40  28 november  2021
01:40  28 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The World Bank, which has been financed since 2016 a project to improve the functioning of the electricity sector on the Great Island, calls on the Malagasy State to repay and justify just over $ 1.7 million in expenditure ineligible for this project, companies by the Jirama, the public company of electricity and water distribution. An overpoint for this national society, over-indebted and several times pointing to the affairs of diversion or favoritism.

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It is in a letter addressed to the Malagasy Minister of the Economy and Finance that the Director Country of the World Bank shares the amount of "anomalies" observed by an external audit . A letter, dated November 16, which has leaked on social networks.

Theoretical acquisitions, unrealized or material works used outside the World Bank's electricity sector operations improvement project. These are the "ineligible expenses" undertaken by the electricity distribution company in 2018 and 2019 recorded in this missive.

a project aimed at, in particular, to increase the capacity of the electricity sector in a country where only 17% of the inhabitants have access and improve the management of the Jirama, the public company that distributes it . A company criticized for years for its poor service by Malagasy homes that undergo daily loaths.

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contacted, the Minister of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Andry Ramaroson, evokes "a first file concerning hardware lost inside or outside the jirama". "The second file concerns a provider and the third concerns works that were not expected in the World Bank project," he says.

Minister for three months, the latter explains "that he has committed to clean up the jirama and that these anomalies concern the exercise of the years 2018 and 2019" 'there have been flights or misappropriation within of the jirama? "It's not excluded," he continues. One thing is certain is that there is a lot of letting go. When we do not put enough rigor in the way of managing the funds, we necessarily arrive at this kind of situation. We continue to clean up the jirama because otherwise we will not be able to get by, "he recognizes.

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survey in its letter, the World Bank calls for a refund of just over $ 630,000 from December 3rd. A sum that the public company wishes - despite its over-indebtedness - Reverse without the help of the state, the Minister of Energy said.

"We are restructured the debts of the jirama. I do not think it's possible by December 3, but I think it would be possible to repay during the month of December. We will try to negotiate with the World Bank. Our relations with the World Bank are good now, except that we can not go to other commitments without cleaning what has already been done before, "he says.

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