Windscreen Licences:Reform Yields Fruits

Finance Minister Alamine Ousmane Mey answered questions in the Senate on June 21, 2017 during a question time plenary sitting

The Minister of Finance Alamine Ousmane Mey on June 21, 2017 explained to Senators the importance and advantages of the reform whose implementation started on January 1, 2017  in which vehicle owners pay for their windscreen licences through insurance companies. This was in plenary sitting chaired by Senate President Marcel Niat Njifenji in the presence of the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation in charge of Local governments, Jules Doret Ndongo who represented the Vice Prime Minister, Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of Relations with the Assemblies, Amadou Ali.

The Finance boss answering the question of Senator Sonkin Etienne said the balance sheet of the reform in the first five months of 2017 indicate that FCFA 7 billion had already been paid into the State treasury as income from windscreen licences excluding administrative vehicles, as compared to FCFA 5 billion at the same period last year. He said the reform was put in place to fight fraud, simplify the payment procedure and save the time of the payers. The Minister told the Senators that the insurance sector was well structured, controlled and coordinated  and collection of windscreen licence income through insurance is a means of security.

The mechanism consists of getting the money from the source. It is intended to curb the difficulties of the former system that included multiplicity of users, unsold tickets, long queues in front of pay counters and costs in the production, transportation and sale chain of the licences. He assured the Senate that although the insurance sector is not all that perfect, there are control mechanisms to ensure that the money collected is paid into the State treasury. The Minister said that there is classical control at the level of the insurance companies  and the companies submit their reports to competent State authorities.

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