Development, Life in Benin

Uh, where is Benin getting all of this money from?

Victor Tapanou, porte-parole du gouvernement and bearer of all tidings, good and bad
Victor Tapanou, porte-parole du gouvernement and bearer of all tidings, good and bad

Benin’s going from 12 departments to 29 and is redoing the whole administrative map, from arrondissements to chef lieux.

The government doesn’t even have enough money to pay its contractors! We are broke-asses over here! Where on earth do they think they’re going to come up with the cash to build the new infrastructure required to build city halls, prefectures, courts, and all of the other trappings that come with being a department? Who’s going to pay all the new government workers?

And why, when the committee appointed to study the change suggests 21, did the government move for 29? Call me a cynic, but it sounds like gerrymandering to me.

The law has to get by the scrutiny of the Supreme Court and the Assemblée Nationale, however, I have a feeling it’ll pass. Who is going to refuse infrastructure and jobs in their localities, even if it means giving a few more votes to the government in 2011?раскрутка

2 thoughts on “Uh, where is Benin getting all of this money from?

    1. Oh, the Chinese are *definitely* paying for infrastructure. Or at
      least, loaning us the money to pay for it. I wish the government would
      remember that the Chinese won't forgive our debts like Europeans do.

      The thing that gets me here, though, is that the government keeps
      telling us that there isn't any money in the treasury. So if the
      Chinese are lending, great! We can hire Chinese firms with Chinese
      money. But why not scrounge around to pay back all of the Beninese
      entrepreneurs the government owes?

      At least no one's calling it an “economic stimulus package.” The irony
      would slay me.

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