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Vol 51 No 5

Published 5th March 2010


Congo-Brazzaville

Sassou's reforms on trial

The IMF and World Bank have given Sassou-Nguesso a clean bill of health but anti-corruption lobbyists diasgree

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s determination to tackle corruption in Congo-Brazzaville will be tested on 9 March. EITI directors will meet to consider upgrading their verdict on the country, from its current ‘candidate’ status to ‘compliant’, which means it would be judged to have substantially improved the accountability of state finances. If the directors fail to give President Denis Sassou-Nguesso’s government the green light and raise yet more doubts about accounting in the state oil company, then they will also be questioning the judgement of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

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