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In Sierra Leone, 2013 Budget Reaches Parliament
By Augustine Samba
Dec 24, 2012, 12:10

The Fourth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone on Friday 21st December, 2012 presented a Bill entitled the “Appropriation Act 2013,” otherwise known as the National Budget by the newly approved Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah.  The Bill which authorizes expenditure from the National Consolidated Fund for the service of Sierra Leone for the year 2013 went through the introduction and first reading. On the theme, “Accelerating Structural Transformation and Inclusive Green Growth for Prosperity,” this all-important Bill was, according to the Finance Minister, in line with government’s “Agenda for Prosperity.”

 

Presenting the document to Members of Parliament, the Finance Minister stressed that by virtue of the aspirations of the Agenda for Prosperity, the Bill is a special pillar under the management of the country’s natural resources.

 

He maintained that the Bill is intended to enhance economic growth, youth employment, improve health service delivery, agriculture, infrastructural development, energy, security, the local councils and the overall development of both the public and private sectors.

 

Dr. Kaifala Marah further disclosed that the budget was well focused on huge promotion that will lead the country to an everlasting growth and development.Priority areas that were recommended for huge appropriation include the Ministry of Education, which saw a 2% increase from 8% in 2012 to 10% in the 2013.

 

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation was also boosted with an allocation of 10.5% as compared to 6.8% in 2012. The budget also took into cognizance areas such as social protection and vulnerable groups, and also paid much attention to youth and sports, security, parliament, governance, the judiciary, government buildings, as well as all other Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDA’s).

 

The Bill is expected to go through various appropriation committees in Parliament for scrutiny of MDA’s and recommendations before it will be finally approved by the august body.



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