BUDGET SPEECH 2002
PROGRAMME BASED BUDGETING FOR EFFICIENT RESOURCE ALLOCATION
AND USE WITH A POVERTY REDUCTION DIMENSION
X. GOVERNANCE ISSUES
- The Gambiaís increasing attention to issues of governance is an important
part of our efforts to promote equitable and sustainable development.
We are cognisant of the fact that good governance is an essential complement
to sound economic policies. As defined by the World Bank: "Good governance
is the manner in which the social and economic resources of civil society
- Governance is vital for economic development and certainly government
has not turned a blind eye to good governance, accountability and transparency,
as evident in the establishment of the office of the Ombudsman, the
IEC, coupled with mutual settlement with West Coast Air inherited from
the previous government, and the settlement with Alimenta.. However,
there is still some room for improvement. As one commentator puts it:
"There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough
to see, yet small enough to solve" (Mike Leavitt). Therefore, the role
of our development partners, donor community, civic society and NGOs,
is crucial and highly desirable to creating a conducive environment.
We cannot do it all alone, thatís why we need the collaborative efforts
of all stakeholders in societal development.
Mr, Speaker Sir,
174. In keeping with Governmentís declared objective
of bringing justice closer to the majority of Gambians, the Department
of State for Justice and the Judiciary this year established and inaugurated
the Divisional High Court in Brikama. I am pleased to inform this august
body that plans are well advanced for the construction of a High Court
and residences for Judges in both Brikama and Basse.
175. This will, in addition to taking justice to the
doorsteps of our people save much needed human and financial resources
on the part of the majority of Gambians who have hitherto had to travel
long distances and spend valuable resources to gain access to justice
in Banjul, particularly during the rainy season. The benefits to accrue
both to Government and the people in terms of poverty alleviation are
- Mindful of the growing need for revenue generation to match the increasing
need for public expenditure, Government has embarked on a re-structuring
of the Registrar Generalís Department into a semi-autonomous business-oriented
organisation as opposed to its present service-oriented activities.
The functions of the Registrar Generalís Department include the registration
of business, Deeds, Titles and Agreements among others.
- Presently, the services provided for businesses and individuals are
grossly under-valued and therefore subsidized from Government revenue.
Therefore, the service of a consultant has been requested to revamp
and restructure the Registrar Generalís Department into a semi-autonomous
and revenue-generating Department. The revenue to be generated in the
future will no doubt be substantial.
- In the pursuit and in preparation for decentralisation, we embarked
on a series of activities, through the Poverty Alleviation and Capacity
Building Programme including the identification of properties in growth
centres of Local Government Areas. The identification process will facilitate
a valuation exercise of rates to be properly assessed, with a standard
national framework in order to enhance the finance resource generated
by the Municipalities and Local Government Administrations. The process
is now complete and a total of above nineteen thousand properties have
been identified in Banjul City Council and the various local councils
across the country.
i. Civil Service Reform
- Through the Personnel Management Office (PMO) we strive to develop
and sustain a well-trained and highly professional civil service that
is efficient, productive and responsive to national goals and objectives.
This we are pursuing through the divisions of Personnel Management,
Management Service, Human Resource Development, National Records Services
(NRS), and the Human Resources Information Systems Units. The ADB funded
Capacity Building Project in this vein complements the efforts of EMCBP
and CBEMP towards an efficient civil service.
- On the development of human resources, we have tried to train as many
civil service staff as possible from the centralize vote; and supplement
this with multi-sectoral and bilateral donor agencies principally the
Commonwealth Fund and Technical Cooperation (CFTC) in the receipt and
dissemination of training awards. We intend in the coming year to develop
a Training Policy for the Civil Service and commence English Language
and Office Practice courses for Secretaries on an annual basis.
II. THE WORLD ECONOMY
III. THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY
IV. CO-OPERATION AND INTEGRATION
V. OUTTURN OF THE 2001 BUDGET
VI. POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND THE SOCIAL SECTOR STRATEGY
VII. POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY
VIII. POVERTY REDUCTION THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPEMENT
IX. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
X. GOVERNANCE ISSUES
XI. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS (NGOs)
XII. PUBLIC ENTERPRISES (PEs)
XIII. FISCAL PROJECTION FOR 2002