Oliver Kazunga, Senior Business Journalist
The parliamentary finance and economic development portfolio committee will begin nationwide public consultations on the 2022 national budget next week.
The public hearings will be held physically and virtually as well as broadcast on radio stations on Classic 263, Central FM, National FM and Diamond FM Monday through Friday next week.
Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube is expected to present the next fiscal policy statement next month.
According to a public notice issued by Parliament, four teams will conduct public hearings in different areas.
In Bulawayo, consultations will take place on Wednesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Selbourne Hotel and Iminyela Lobby from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the same day.
In South Matabeleland province, the public hearing team would be at Omadu Hall in Maphisa from mid-morning to afternoon on Thursday before heading to Heany Hall in Umzingwane on Friday.
In Matabeleland North Province, the team will be at Freedom Square in Binga on Monday for mid-morning public consultations while on Tuesday the team will be in Tsholotsho in Tsholotsho BSPZ, also mid-morning.
Parliament also reported that in the Midlands, the public hearing team will be at the Gokwe Chireya mission in Gokwe on Wednesday mid-morning.
Also in the Midlands Province, the team will be at the Chirumanzu Rural District Council sub-office by mid-morning on Thursday.
“The public hearings will at all times comply with the regulations of the Ministry of Health and Child Protection Covid-19 as described in regulatory texts 99 and 110 concerning respect for social distancing, disinfection, control temperature and the wearing of face masks, ”reads part of the public notice on the next national budget.
Only 100 participants would be allowed at any one time during the public consultations and when more than 100 participants wish to attend, they will only be allowed in groups that meet the requirements.
Public hearings, which aim to strengthen the role of parliament and citizens in the preparation of the national budget, are organized every year in accordance with Article 28 (5) of the Public Financial Management Law.
The law states that “the Minister may, through the appropriate portfolio committee of Parliament, seek the advice of Parliament in the preparation and formulation of the annual budget, for this purpose the appropriate portfolio committee shall hold public hearings to obtain the opinion of the greatest number. stakeholders in the national budget as possible ”.
This provision is also in accordance with article 13 of the Constitution, which obliges the State to involve the population in the formulation and implementation of development plans and programs that concern them.
Under the administration of President Mnangagwa, the country developed Vision 2030 through which the government wishes to transform the standard of living of citizens by guaranteeing them decent jobs by 2030.
Through Vision 2030, the government also wants to achieve an upper middle income economy with a per capita income close to USD 3,500. – @okazunga.