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Public input on national budget improves

By Stanley James, Business Editor

OVER 64 percent of public recommendations were adopted in the 2023 national budget, reflecting the treasury’s commitment to solving challenges affecting citizens across the country.

Data released at the post-budget seminar in Harare this Monday showed that input from the public improved in the past few years, while 64 percent of the ideas were taken on board.

“The assessment that we have made indicates a rise in the level of the consultation processes to such an extent that it is all about further improvement after our final figures show that 64 percent of the public inputs were adopted,” said Mr Pepukai Chivore director Parliament of Zimbabwe Budget Office.

With the budget having been presented, the focus is now on the implementation of income generation and budget expenditure proposals.

“It is how the treasury will then implement all the related budget proposals to ensure that they yield the desired targets increasing the needs of the nation,” said Professor Albert Makochekanwa, the University of Zimbabwe’s economics lecturer.

Parliament has hailed the budgetary consultative process.

“The roadmap leading to the entire budget process needs to be respected because it is the one that eventually led to the formulation of the entire budget,” said Advocate Jacob Mudenda the
speaker of the National Assembly.

Other issues discussed during the post-budget seminar include how the national budget managed to sustain allocations, the effects of the budget on economic growth, social safety nets, spending by the government, and stability among others.

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