The World Bank and the Congolese government have signed an agreement to set up a project called 'Lisungui', designed to help about 5,000 poor households, including pregnant women and children aged under 14 years, according to an official communique issued here Thursday.
It said that the agreement was signed by the Director of Operations of the World Bank office in Congo, Eustache Ouayoro, and the Congolese Finance and Budget Minister, Gilbert Ondongo.
Under the agreement, a basic aid, worth 10,000 FCAF, will be remitted monthly to each household together with a supplementary allowance of 5,000 FCFA per child. The sum of 10,000 FCAF will also be allocated monthly to each elderly person that is poor.
About 1,000 old people living in Brazzaville, Pointe Noire (South), Makoua and Oyo in northern Congo have been identified for the programme.
Ouayoro said this was the first time such a project would take place in the country, adding 'It is a safety net that is necessary to deal with extreme poverty which traditional measures have not been able to curb'.