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Public hearings on the 2013 National Budget
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 11, 2012

The Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Portfolio Committee will be conducting countrywide public consultations on the 2013 National Budget beginning on Monday 15 October 2012 as shown in the schedule below. This is line with the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, which enjoins, Parliament, through the Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Portfolio Committee, to consult the public on key priorities for the national budget.

This process is very important as it allows the wider spectrum of society; citizens and all interested stakeholders to shape key national priorities for the year 2013. Public views gathered in this process will be compiled into a report whose recommendations will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for consideration as part of the process of crafting the 2013 National Budget. Developments over the last two years when this process has been implemented are very encouraging. The Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Portfolio Committee and the Ministry of Finance have developed a good working rapport to the extent that most of the Committee’s recommendations have seriously been considered and taken on board.

The Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Portfolio Committee will also table a report in the House of Assembly during the 2013 National Budget debate. This report will set the tone and help the House to debate from an informed position.

In undertaking this exercise, the Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Portfolio Committee will be split into two terms and will conduct public hearings in the following areas on dates indicated in the schedule below;

Team 1

Date Time Venue
Monday 15 October 0900-1100hrs Marondera (Farmers' Hall)
Tuesday 16 October 1430-1630hrs Mutare (Queens Hall)
Wednesday 17 October 1130-1300hrs Masvingo (Civic Centre)
Thursday 18 October 1130- 1300hrs Chiredzi (Chitsnga Hall)
Friday 19 October 0900-1100hrs Beitbridge (Holiday Inn Express)

Team 2

Date Time Place
Monday 15 October 0900-1100hrs Chinhoyi (Cooksie Memorial Hall)
Tuesday 16 October 2012 0900-1100hrs Kwekwe Theatre
Tuesday 16 October 2012 1400-1600hrs Gweru (Gweru Theatre)
Wednesday 17 October 0900-1100hrs Bulawayo (Small City Hall)
Wednesday 17 October 1400-1600hrs Gwanda (Gwanda Club)
Thursday 18 October 1100-1300hrs Lupane (Lupane Community Hall)
Friday 19 October 0900-1100hrs Victoria Falls (Chinotimba Hall)

The Committee will also welcome written submissions and these should be addressed to the Clerk of Parliament at clerk@parlzim.gov.zw. Should you require further information, please contact Mr. C. Ratsakatika on 0772 428 946 or at ratsakatikac@parlzim.gov.zw.

Visit the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust fact sheet

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