14 February 2013

Angola: 2013 State Budget Report Hints Government

Luanda — The report on the State Budget for 2013, approved Thursday in Luanda by the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), with 155 votes in favour, 38 against and five abstentions, makes a number of recommendations to the Executive, Angop learned.

The suggestions and recommendations follow a wide programme of discussions involving the specialised commissions, Government's social partners and representatives of the sectors of economy, social, defence, security, public order and justice.

Presented by the MP Salomão Xirimbimbi, the report states that in the ambit of the Parliament's controlling action, the Executive must present quarterly reports on the Budget's exercise and respective balances.

The report also recommends the review of the present methodology used in the preparation, drafting and approval of the Budget, with a view to bringing as many social partners possible and managers of public institutions into the discussion.

According to the report, the measure seeks the gathering of opinions and eventual proposals of priority for the State Budget, before it is submitted to analysis of State's concerned organs and entities.

The document also recommends the creation of conditions for the participation of provincial governments in the final decision on the projects and include the Public Investment Programme pending implementation in their jurisdiction areas.

As to the allocation of financial resources to the municipalities, the report recommends the respect for the principle of differentiation, taking into account the concrete reality of each area.

In the sector of family, the MP recommend deep studies aiming at preventing and fighting some social damaging practices, particularly alcoholism and prostitution.

The document urges the Government to adopt measures that seek the foment and protection to internal production, including the creation of conditions required for the conservation and transportation of the goods into the main consumer centres.

Concerning the Urban and Housing sector, the recommendation is that the Government should implement a public social policy that ensures the access of Angolans to State housing, through concerned legislation approved by the Parliament.

The MPs also recommend the conduction of a study on re-grouping of the populations in the framework of the territory organisation, seeking a better State service like education, health, energy and water for the populations.

The 4th plenary session of the House was chaired by the National Assembly speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and witnessed by the minister of State and head of the Civil Affairs to the Presidency of the Republic, Edeltrudes Costa, and Cabinet members.

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