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Educational sector issues discussed at the meeting of the Economic Conditions Committee

Kinshasa, September 30th, 2022 (CPA) – The Prime Minister, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, chaired, on Wednesday, September 28th at the Primature, the meeting of the Economic Situation Committee (CCE), during which the situation prevailing in ESU and EPST sectors was mentioned.

Apart from the sectoral ministers who are members of CCE and the Governor of the Central Bank of Congo, the Minister in charge of ESU and the Deputy Minister in charge of EPST exceptionally participated in this meeting to discuss the strike respectively triggered by university professors and the application of certain commitments made in favour of primary school teachers.

Very concerned about these cases, Prime Minister Sama Lukonde and the other members of CCE stressed the need for the Government of the Republic to honour its commitments made in the agreements concluded with the Association of Professors and teachers of EPST.

The Minister of State in charge of Budget, Aime Boji, who reported on this meeting to the press, indicated that possible solutions have been recommended, with a view to achieving the lifting of the strike movement at the higher and university education.

He added that the Minister in charge of ESU will communicate these proposed solutions to university professors and their unions, to end this strike.

With regard to EPST sector, the Deputy Minister drew the government’s attention to the need to apply certain aspects of the commitments made in Bibwa, in particular with regard to the readjustment of the free premium, said Aime Boji.

Macroeconomic situation

In addition, CCE reviewed the macroeconomic situation for the week from September 19th to 23rd, nationally and internationally, but also the retirement files of public administration officials.

 “We examined the international economic context which remains difficult following the adverse effects linked to the Russian-Ukrainian conflicts. This state of affairs weakens the growth of the world economy and generalizes inflation in several regions of the planet”, said the Minister of State in charge of Budget.

Speaking of the prices of mining products exported by DRC, the government noted a slight drop, particularly for copper and cobalt, respectively of 2.6% and 0.08% compared to the week of September 12 to 16, he said.


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