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Mozambique rises one point in budget transparency index

Mozambique has risen just one point in the global budget transparency indicator, reaching a score of 42 out of a possible 100, with the Centre for Public Integrity maintaining that the availability of budget information is still insufficient.

A total of 109 indicators, eight budget documents analysed and a maximum score of 100 for each of the 177 countries.

The open budget survey, produced by the International Budget Partnership and released this Wednesday in Maputo by the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), shows a slight improvement in transparency in Mozambique between 2017 and 2019. You may access the full report, in English HERE.

“This rise is insufficient. In practical terms, it is stagnation. In the context of COVID-19, where there is an increasing challenge in the availability of information, this score represents an enormous challenge in terms of transparency,” CIP researcher Celeste Banze declared.

The index concerning public participation in discussion of the budget rose four points from seven in 2017, to 11 in 2019. The most notable increase was in budget monitoring, which rose to 50.

Compared to countries in the region, Mozambique has the third-highest score in terms of transparency, behind Zimbabwe and South Africa. But, in terms of participation, the country is among the four worst.

A score of 61 or more is considered to indicate that a country publishes enough material to sustain a public debate.

Source: O País via Club of Mozambique

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