The Closure of the Annual Review of the Second Generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP 2) and the National Programme of Action (NPA)

Jul 10, 2014

Address by Mr Moustapha Soumaré, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Your Excellency Mr Prime Minister,

Honorable Members of the Government,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Ambassadors, Heads of missions and Members of the diplomatic corps,

Dear colleagues of the United Nations system,

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Partners Coordination Group, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Government of the DRC in general, and the Minister of Planning in particular,  for joining technical and financial partners to the Overall Review of the Second Generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (better known as GPRSP 2) and the National Programme of Action (NPA).

We all truly appreciated this token of esteem and trust.  We reiterate once again the commitment of all the partners in supporting the development programmes in the DR Congo. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who, directly or indirectly, contributed to the good organisation and success of this 2014 Annual Review.

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

These last two days, throughout the overall Review, we have appreciated the quality and the completeness of the reports as well as the honest and constructive dialogue in which we have all engaged. Allow me, if I may, to take up on what I consider as the most essential points raised during the Conference.

The first point is the duty of objectivity in the presentation of accounts to the people via the assessment of completed actions in relation to GPRSP 2 and NPA's commitments. It has resulted in a clear diagnosis, one which is stark at times but vital, nonetheless, for enhancing the efficiency of the ongoing development programmes.

The second point concerns the clarity of each sector's vision, the analyses quality and the pertinence of the recommendations, which will allow to capitalise on the good practices so as to improve the development programmes' implementation  and strengthen the orientation towards a results-based management in all sectors:  Health , Education, Agriculture and Rural Development, Infrastructure and Public Works, the Mining sector, the Energy sector, Hydrocarbons, Environment, Transports and Communication Routes.

The third point centres on the need to accelerate the reforms with a view in particular to making progress in the decentralisation process, improving transparency in public finance management and in public procurement, promoting the efficiency of development aid coordination mechanisms and that of monitoring-assessment, and creating a more systematic culture of accountability.  These various reports from the Members of the Government have highlighted, among other things, two major cross-cutting constraints, namely, the lack of disbursement of resources allocated to nearly each sector, and relatively modest level of financial programming vis-à-vis the sectors' needs in response to the commitments of the National Programme of Action and the Second Generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP 2).

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Similarly, public, central, provincial and local administrations all need to be fully equipped so as to be in a position to properly exercise their roles. I return, therefore, to a key-priority issue which I mentioned yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Conference: effective ownership by the local, provincial and national authorities must be assured at the technical as well as the financial level. Furthermore, it is imperative that the Government boost the efforts in order to, on the one hand, facilitate the resources flow through the expenditure chain and the stakeholder capacity-building, at all levels, and, on the other hand, strengthen the mechanisms for domestic resource mobilization.

Secondly, the Government of the DR Congo holds a leading role in development aid coordination. It is desirable to establish, as soon as possible, a legal and regulatory framework which would:

Promote the development of a public-private partnership to help deliver quality social services;

Create a business environment conducive to the development of a dynamic private sector, attractive to private foreign investments, so as to generate additional flows of financial resources, much-needed for the country's reconstruction.

Thirdly, and lastly, the Government of the DR Congo is called upon to continue its efforts of convergence and federation of different programmes implemented with a view to improving the coherence, the readability, the visibility, predictability and credibility of public action in all its domains. By doing so, it will provide a more practical development assistance, stronger than before.  The people of Congo will better understand the progress this assistance brings to their everyday lives. They will also feel more included in the process of sustainable human development and poverty reduction, more concerned by it and more listened to during the process.

I shall conclude with the observation that the encouraging results of this 2014 Overall Review, together with the judicious and pertinent recommendations formulated here, will allow for better and more focused development efforts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under the leadership of the Government of the DR Congo, responsibility for partners' coordination remains with the national authorities in order to continue down this path: with everyone's help, transforming the DR Congo into an emerging country can become a reality.  

Thank you.















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