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Budget Parliamentarian handbook launched

Deputy Minister of Finance, Nangolo Ithete (left), Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (second from left), Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration, Hon. Heather Sibungo (middle), Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Heiner Naumann (third from left) and Economist Mally Likukela during the launch at the National Assembly

 

 

A Parliamentarian’s handbook on the national budgeting process was launched yesterday by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi. The booklet is intended to equip lawmakers with adequate knowledge on Namibia national budget, its development and implementation. The handbook, produced by renowned local economist, Mally Likukela and sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, follows a series of capacity building workshops by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration.

Hon. Katjavivi emphasized the importance of the handbook noting that it would not only empower lawmakers but also serve as a reference point for parliamentarians. The Speaker believes such a booklet is imperative as the ultimate decisions made by lawmakers on the budget have far reaching implications for the country’s economy.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration, Hon. Heather Sibungo shared similar sentiments adding that the budget was an important tool that MPs should fully understand in order to prioritise national spending. “The budget is government’s most important economic policy tool and provides a comprehensive statement of the nation’s spending priorities. We are the representatives of the people and we have the oversight mandate. The budget has to be demystified for MPs to carry out their duties diligently”, noted Sibungo.

NThe Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Heiner Naumann reiterated the agency’s continued support to Parliament adding that the budget handbook would ease communication between parliament and the electorate. “Namibian citizens, through their members of parliament have indeed the right to know how the taxes they pay are being allocated and invested by the government. The FES with its support to the National Assembly of Namibia intends to enhance the capacity of MPs so that they can fulfill their specific role”, said Naumann.

 

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