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Government denies deviations from intervention plan in municipalities

The Government denied this Thursday the existence of deviations from the Integrated Plan of Intervention in Municipalities (PIIM) by local state managers, ensuring that their financial execution system "is reliable".

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"We have not registered any deviation of funds from the PIIM, this plan has an execution model that is similar to the projects financed by the external financing lines to avoid such deviations," said this Thursday the national director of Public Investment, Jociene Cristiano, when questioned by Lusa.

The person in charge who was speaking this Thursday in a press conference at the end of the meeting of the Interministerial Commission for the Implementation of PIIM, where its level of implementation in 2020 was analyzed, assured that there is a careful analysis of the invoices of the projects.

The Ministry of Finance "analyzes the invoices and requires the sectors to send the measurement report and the fiscal report attesting to the level of implementation of that invoice that will be paid and only when this is validated is the money actually paid," he explained.

Some Angolan media reported last year alleged deviations from the PIIM, launched in June 2019 by the President, João Lourenço, and budgeted at 2 billion dollars, whose current financial execution is 200 million dollars.

This Thursday, Jociene Cristiano assured that PIIM contemplates an effective system that aims to "avoid embezzlement and a big gap between financial and physical execution", which "happened before, when the financial shot up and the physical almost did not exist".

"So, we try to make this median game to stave off these aspects. If this is totally free of any kind of deviation, clearly not, neither here nor in the whole world, but it will depend on the nature of the public manager", he observed.

"The system also allows us to prepare and better analyze some kind of deviation or risk, which as soon as they are verified are directly reported to the inspection instances", he pointed out.

The PIIM, which extends to 164 municipalities, includes projects in the sectors of education, health, secondary and tertiary roads, public security and public order, agriculture, administrative infrastructure, basic sanitation, water, energy, among others.

The authorities announced this Thursday that 75 projects in the PIIM portfolio, including schools, hospitals, social infrastructure, among others, are already completed at the country level and 1483 are being implemented.

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