According to an independent survey conducted by Social Watch in Africa, Benin ranks first in the transparency of budget among African French-speaking countries and sixth in Africa as a whole in the light of documents, events and activities released as of December 31, 2018. The main reason for this result is that Benin has added the availability of budget and has disclosed sufficient information on the government budget draft in the mid-year review published online.
The Open Budget Survey (OBS) assesses the public's access to information on how the central government raises and spends public resources. It assesses the online availability, timeliness, and comprehensiveness of eight key budget documents using 109 equally weighted indicators and scores each country/region on a scale of 0 to 100. A transparency score of 61 or higher indicates a country is likely publishing sufficient material to support informed public debate on the budget. Benin scored 49 (out of 100) on transparency.
The OBS has made suggestions for improvement to the Beninese authority that several actions should be taken as a matter of priority to improve the transparency of budget. That includes issuing reports in the middle of the year, publishing audit reports online in a timely manner, incorporating other information on expenditures and budget risks in the government budget draft, and ensuring that all supporting documents are issued.
The OBS is the world's only independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument that uses internationally accepted criteria to assess public access to central government budget information. It helps local civil society assess and confer with their government on the reporting and use of public funds. The 7th edition of the OBS covers 117 countries.
Source: Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Benin