Eastern Highlands Passes K320m Budget For 2020
The Eastern Highlands Province passed a K320 million budget for 2020. The provincial assembly met and passed the budget last week.
The announcement of the K320 million budget by Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu received unanimous support from district and local level government members, the provincial executive council members including women representative as well.
Mr Numu said 2020 will be a year for implementation and is optimistic that this year will be fruitful for the province.
He recalled last year as a challenging one which included legal battles in the provincial administration, stringent economic procurement processes, national procurement act and the local level government elections.
He told the assembly saying that there were three major systematic problems that hindered the implementation of projects which resulted in 2018 and 2019 rollovers of almost 33 million.
“Firstly, the national procurement commission strict guidelines of centralising project approval processes, this has caused a lot of delay in implementing most of the 2019 budgeted projects,” he said.
“Secondly, in the middle of last year, there was another costly administrative impasse and the lastly the cash flow problem in the province has greatly affected the budget which resulted in the total warrant received not equal to the cash received.
“With the insertion of our properly aligned 5 year development plan, we will be more focused this year.”
He announced that the new provincial budget focus will be on transport infrastructure, the agriculture sector by which the subsistence agriculture will be refocused to commercial, the health and education sector and most importantly generating internal revenue.
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