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40pc of development budget to be spent this year

40pc of development budget to be spent this year

Feb 21, 2011 - 20:26

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Thirty percent of the Afghan government's development budget for the current financial year has been spent so far, Deputy Minister of Finance Mohammad Mustafa Mastoor said on Monday.

By the end of the year, 40 percent of the development funds worth 111.80 billion afghanis (about $2.45 million) would be utilised, Mastoor told a news conference in Kabul. Last year, 46 percent of the development outlay was used.

Without giving details, he identified ministries of rural development and rehabilitation, public welfare, water and energy, educationinfo-icon and public healthinfo-icon as big spenders.

The allocation could not be utilised in full for a variety of reasons, including security problems, delays in project funding approval, poor capacity of implementing agencies, planning weaknesses and the difference between financial years in Afghanistaninfo-icon and donor countries.

However, he said there would be no problem in using almost the entire general budget of 119.849 billion afghanis.

A general budget of more than 150.38 billion afs and development spending of 65.862 billion afs have been proposed for the next fiscal year, Mastoor said.

He linked the general budget hike to the recruitment of 10,000 more teachers, 22,000 policemen, 42,000 soldiers, 5,800 intelligence workers and 1,200 higher education ministry officials.

The development outlay has been slashed because this year's leftover funds would be carried forward to the next fiscal, according to the deputy minister.


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