The month-long hearing will offer government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) the opportunity to present their individual budgetary requests and defend them in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Finance.
A statement from the Finance Ministry says the opening session will be chaired by the Financial Secretary who will make a presentation on the budget processes and expectations from the MDAs.
On the agenda for discussion are priorities of the new government and progress on the ongoing development of a National Development Plan which will be presented by the Chief Minister, Prof. David Francis.
This will be the first budget of the President Julius Maada Bio presidency. And expectations are high, especially for the crucial sectors of education and health where there have been calls for
increased budgetary allocation.
Education is the government’s flagship program. And unsurprisingly, the ministers of Basic and Secondary Education, and Technical and Higher Education will be the first to make their presentations on Wednesday, after the official opening session.