Corrected: IMF "not at the moment assuming that there will be a program next year" in Mozambique
The Council of Ministers yesterday set the minimum requirements for the allocation of daily subsistence allowances on a service mission at 40 kilometres and a minimum eight hours’ stay.
Speaking to the press at the end of the weekly session of the Council of Ministers, spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the measures were part of a regulation approved yesterday to limit per diem expenses.
“It is an instrument that aims to clarify and standardise the rules and procedures for allocating per diems in public administration, including institutes and public funds,” she said.
The regulation provides for the granting of a subsidy equivalent to 60 percent of salary for accommodation, 30 percent for food and 10 percent for other expenses, including transport, in cases of travel on a national mission with the aforesaid distance and duration.
In foreign travel, the new regulation sets the housing allowance at 50 percent of the salary, support for food at 40 percent and the amount for other expenses at 10 percent.
“The control and accountability mechanisms include the presentation of a report and confirmation of the presence of the official at the place of destination, which must be confirmed by the entities and institutions where the service was provided,” Comoana detailed, together with “proof of boarding on trips abroad”.
The regulation also defines powers to authorise travel inside and outside the country.
The Mozambican government has faced pressure from external partners to reduce current spending, given the slowdown in the economy and the high levels of public debt already accumulated.
By the end of 2017, the executive had already announced containment measures capable of generating a saving of 7.2 billion meticais (about 101 million Euros) in 2018.Source: Lusa