As part of the assistance to vulnerable people affected by the economic consequences of Covid-19, the government of Mali has just kept its promise of assistance with an envelope of support for affected households. The first beneficiary of this fund, Fousseyni Coulibaly, received his envelope last Monday in the city hall from the chief of staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance Fassery Doumbia. At the end of this process, one million households will be concerned for a total amount of 100 billion CFA francs.
This ceremony, in addition to the chief of staff of the Minister of Finance, took place in the presence of the national director of protection, social and solidarity economy, Mohamed Bassirou Traoré, and the political authorities, customary of Commune I.
The remittance of this fund is part of the implementation of the Government Emergency Cash Transfer Program (PGTMU) through the social safety net program. This initiative involves sending a fund of 90,000 CFA F to Orange Money to households already listed and registered in the unified social registers (RSU).
Jigisème Yiri Social Safety Net Program coordinator Mahmoud Ali Sacko explained that the total number of beneficiaries in the capital is expected to reach 124,607 households. “Of this objective, 31,025 beneficiaries will be affected by this first wave of payment. These are households registered in the RSU and which have been investigated. Collection operations for the other beneficiary households will resume as of next week as surveys continue, monetary payments will also follow. We hope to complete the payment of all Bamako beneficiaries by the end of April 2021, ”he added.
For the other localities of the country, the arrangements are underway and the first payments in the regions are expected for the month of March 2021.
The coordinator said he was convinced that the success of this operation will depend a lot on the availability and commitment of community leaders from neighborhoods, villages, association and religious leaders and municipal officials who are involved in all phases of the project. ‘surgery.
Aicha Touré of Orange Finances was especially pleased with the choice made on Orange to be a partner in this project and Orange Money as a method of payment. She assured that with nearly 90,000 points nationwide, the beneficiaries of this assistance will be able to easily carry out their operation.
The Chief of Staff of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Fassery Doumbia added that with the delivery of this first transfer, the government of Mali is keeping its promise to poor and vulnerable households in the country to provide substantial support. to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This reflects the importance that the government attaches to this vast program of social assistance to populations bruised and affected by the effects of the disease,” said the chief of staff.
It should be noted that the overall cost of this operation amounts to 100 billion CFA francs, more reason for the mayor of commune I and the beneficiaries to welcome this initiative.