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The Half-year budget performance report for the Ministry of Science and Technology Development [SC 37, 2006]
Third report of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture
Second Session Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
Presented to Parliament November, 2006

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1. Introduction
1.1 The Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture undertook a review of the 2006 half-year budget performance for the Ministry of Science and Technology Development. The review was done from mid-September to October 2006. The purpose of the review was to ensure accountability in the use of public funds, identify any challenges faced by the Ministry and make recommendations for improvement. The monitoring of the budget also gave the Committee an insight into the operations of the Ministry, which is fairly new.

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6. Conclusion and Recommendations
6.1 Given the pivotal role played by the Ministry in the development and promotion of Science and Technology in this country and the challenges it faced during the first half of the 2006 financial year, the Committee makes the following recommendations:

  • That the Ministry be allocated adequate funds to enable it to carry out its mandate.
  • That the Ministry of Finance should disburse funds allocated for capital expenditure timeously in order to obviate the effects of inflation.
  • That the Ministry should embark on income generating projects in order to augment funds from the fiscus.
  • That local innovations and initiatives by the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC) should be adequately supported by the Government to cut down on the amount of foreign currency needed to import equipment.

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