A big campaign to lessen the Congo's growing financial crisis: this was the subject of a speech in Leopoldville, Dec. 14th, by Mr.
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Background: A big campaign to lessen the Congo's growing financial crisis: this was the subject of a speech in Leopoldville, Dec. 14th, by Mr. Ndele, Congolese Commissioner General for Finance.
Mr. Ndele, accompanied by a Swiss United Nations adviser, Mr. Umbricht, outlined a nationwide austerity programme to representative of provincial governments, although the wealthy breakaway province of Katanga boycotted the meeting.
He said that by means of drastic economics in administrative expenses it might be possible to reduce the big gap between the Congo's expenditure and its revenue. Provincial governments would be asked to cooperate in putting the austerity measures into effect during 1961.
But unless Katanga gave up its isolationism, and foreign aid helped the Congo to solve its problems, the whole country was threatened by catastrophe, and by the possibility of Communist domination from Russia or Asia. Colonel Mobutu, he said, supported the plan to reduce expenditure.