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MPs to discuss China-Congo infrastructure deal

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Congo News Agency - May 9, 2008

MPs will discuss today the deal that the Congolese government signed with the Chinese government regarding the financing of several projects around the country to be paid off with natural resources.  The debate was supposed to take place on Thursday but was postponed to Friday amid suspicions from some MPs that the government is not interested in transparency when it comes to the contracts signed with China.

MPs will discuss today the deal that the Congolese government signed with the Chinese government regarding the financing of several projects around the country to be paid off with natural resources.á The debate was supposed to take place on Thursday but was postponed to Friday amid suspicions from some MPs that the government is not interested in transparency when it comes to the contracts signed with China.

Some MPs were furious that there was no coverage of the discussions by the RTNC government-owned television station which was said to be due to technical difficulties.á MPs want the discussions to be broadcast live on national television.

Ministers of Public Works and Infrastructure, Mines, Finance and Budget are scheduled to go before Member of Parliament and respond to their questions about the contracts.

Since being announced there has not been a lot of details about the deal. The government argues that these kind of deals take a lot of time to be finalized.

There has been some concerns from traditional development partners of the Congo such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank about the impact of the deal on other development projects in the country.




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