Leg­is­la­tors, busi­ness con­verge in Byo for pre-bud­get sem­i­nar

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chronicle Re­porter

LEG­IS­LA­TORS and key eco­nomic play­ers will con­verge in Bu­l­awayo on Thurs­day for a four-day pre-na­tional bud­get sem­i­nar for 2017. The meet­ing, which will also re­view the 2016 Na­tional Bud­get, will be held at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair grounds and will end on Sun­day.

The pre-bud­get sem­i­nar fol­lows outreach pro­grammes held by the Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment that trav­elled across the coun­try to lis­ten and get peo­ple’s views.

Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Cde David Chap­fika said: “It’s a statu­tory re­quire­ment that Par­lia­ment con­sults the peo­ple. So as the com­mit­tee for bud­get, fi­nance and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment we went round the coun­try sup­ported by three other com­mit­tees who also car­ried out their in­de­pen­dent con­sul­ta­tions with their stake­hold­ers. We were two groups who went right round the coun­try cov­er­ing the north­ern and south­ern parts and we collated de­tails on what the peo­ple would want to see in the 2017 na­tional bud­get.”

He said the leg­is­la­tors would be shar­ing with the ex­ec­u­tive what the public ex­pects in next year’s bud­get.

“Now we are go­ing to Bu­l­awayo from the 3rd to the 6th of Novem­ber with all the hon­ourable Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to sit and pro­vide sum­maries and in­ter­ac­tions with the ex­ec­u­tive shar­ing with them, par­tic­u­larly the Min­istry of Fi­nance which is re­spon­si­ble for craft­ing the bud­get,” said Cde Chap­fika.

He said all the chair­per­sons of par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees will be given time to brief the del­e­gates on their in­de­pen­dent find­ings and on the re­quire­ments for their re­spec­tive port­fo­lio com­mit­tee. Cde Chap­fika de­clined to share the find­ings of the public hear­ings. “I will give a com­pre­hen­sive sum­mary of all the re­quire­ments dur­ing the sem­i­nar,” he said. — @Aux­il­iaK

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