Cape Verde to cancel water and energy supply debts

Another of these announced measures will be the allocation of social inclusion income to over 18 Cape Verdean families, reaching a total of 29, higher than the 25 provided for in the Government's program.

The Cape Verdean Prime Minister announced on Wednesday that the Government will shortly approve a measure to cancel water and energy supply debts and exempt water, sewage and electricity charges from poorer families.

“As yet another income protection measure in the context of the covid-19 pandemic and the promotion of health security, the Government will shortly approve an initiative to cancel water and energy supply debts, exemption from water connection fees , sewage and electricity to poorer families, beneficiaries of the social water and energy tax ”, announced Ulisses Correia e Silva.

The prime minister made the announcement in the monthly debate at the second plenary session of the parliament in November, on family and social and productive inclusion policies, in which he listed several other measures to support Cape Verdean families.

Another of these announced measures will be the allocation of social inclusion income to over 18 thousand families, reaching a total of 29 thousand, higher than the 25 thousand provided for in the Government's program.

“These are investments in the present and the future of children and young people, they are investments in the families to which they belong”, said the head of the Government, stressing that the covid-19 pandemic continues to seriously affect the Cape Verde economy join the three years of severe drought that plagued the country.

In his speech, the Prime Minister said that the Government is preparing the country for the post-covid-19, so that Cape Verde can resume the dynamics of private investment and orient itself towards more diversified and sustained economic growth, in tourism, blue economy and agricultural transformation.

The measures announced by the Prime Minister were reinforced by the parliamentary leader of the Movement for Democracy (MpD, party in power), Joana Rosa, who recalled the impacts caused by the pandemic of the covid-19.

Even with a pandemic and three consecutive years of drought, the MP of the MpD stressed that the Government has proven to be “well prepared”, and maintains the goal of reducing extreme poverty.

For the deputy, talking about social policies is not limited to state support to those who need it most, but government interventions aimed at reducing poverty and creating mechanisms that can lift these people out of poverty, through job creation.

In turn, the deputy and president of the African Independence Party of Cape Verde (PAICV, opposition), Janira Hopffer Almada, stressed the importance of reinforcing the centrality of the family, solving their problems.

The PAICV deputy pointed out the difficulties in accessing health care, a single salary update of 2% to only 8% of civil servants, lack of investments in rural areas, few sea and air connections between the islands.

"With what moral authority can it be said that the living conditions of families have improved when even in the country's capital (Praia) we have major water supply problems and are often treated with power cuts", questioned Janira Hopffer Almada.

The opposition leader also criticized the “waste and waste” that she considered to have marked this Government mandate supported by the MpD, understanding that the propagated growth of 5% did not generate employment and did not generate growth for Cape Verdean families.

In addition to the monthly debate with the Prime Minister, the second plenary session in November in the Cape Verdean parliament will have as a point of discussion the general discussion and vote on the proposed Law that approves the State Budget for the economic year of 2021.

Until Friday, Cape Verdean deputies will still proceed with the general discussion and vote on the Draft Resolution that approves the National Assembly's Private Budget for next year as well.

The Government also introduced two bills of law on an urgent basis, namely a request to parliament to temporarily increase the limit on domestic indebtedness fixed annually at 3% of GDP to 4,5% in 2021 and the proposal to repeal an article of the law that establishes the legal regime for the fight against doping in sport in Cape Verde.

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