The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded, on September 18 in Brazzaville, to two hundred promoters of economic units in the informal sector (one hundred and twenty-five in Brazzaville and seventy-five in Pointe-Noire), operating in the fields of welding, mechanics, vulcanization, shoemaking and basketry, a donation of a work kit.
With a total cost of FCFA 54,500 million, this donation made up, among other things, of black sheets, flat and square tubes of 20, for the welder, then tires, inner tube, boxes of glue and grease, for the mechanic, will allow these beneficiaries whose activities have been affected by the measures related to Covid-19 to gradually relaunch their activities.
For the resident representative of the UNDP in Congo, Maley Diop, it is “to operationalize the agreement that we signed with the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, last July, for the granting of micro-grants to actors. informal sector, ”he said, at the same time encouraging users to use these inputs wisely.
“We will come back in a few months to assess with you the progress made and we hope to have pleasant surprises, in order to accompany you more”, he warned.
Intervening, the minister in charge, Yvonne Adélaïde Mougany, reassured to personally watch over a rational use of these resources, so that this action ensures a rapid exit from the crisis.
“The government and its partners are resolutely committed to supporting artisans and entrepreneurs to rebuild their strength to respond forcefully to their productive activities,” she said.
It should be remembered that in addition to this donation offered to actors in the informal sector, the UNDP, last June, supported the ministry in charge of the promotion of women, in the allocation of micro grants to women promoters of income-generating activities affected. by the pandemic.
This UN institution also supported, jointly with the World Food Program, the Ministry of Social Affairs in an operation to grant food kits for the benefit of 200 vulnerable households in Brazzaville. The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, received 500 portable sprayers from this organization to help sanitize public places.