Budget Hearings Continue, As Ministry of Gender, GSA Appear
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) - As hearings into the expenditure component of the 2016/2017 fiscal budget continue, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the General Services Agency (GSA), among other agencies, have appeared before the Joint Budget Committee of the National Legislature.
The Ministry of Gender was represented Tuesday by a team led by Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, while Deputy Director General for Administration Cole Bangalue, represented the GSA.
An overview of the 2016/2017 revenue summary of the national budget shows a little over US$555,993,000, which is about 11 percent less than the approved budget of US$622,743,420 million for the fiscal period of 2015-16.
The Ministry of Gender has a proposed budget of US$3,380,099, representing 0.60 percent of the 2016/2017 budget, an increase of US$289,142 over its approved fiscal year budget of US$3,090,957 in 2015/16.
The proposed budget of the Ministry of Gender also represents 32.10 percent of the Social Development Service Sector Budget which is placed at US$10,527,460.
With a total of US$1,983,618 as its proposed budget for 2016/2017, the envelope of the GSA represents 0.35 percent of the National Budget and 1.2 percent of the Public Administration Sector Budget.
The 2016/2017 proposed budget of the GSA is US$4,091,050 below its approved of 2015/2016.
The passage of the 2016/2017 budget by the Legislature, which is long overdue owing to internal leadership battle at the House of Representatives, is expected to be expedited as the joint budget committee expressed optimism at the hearings that the budget will be passed by September 20.