Government proposes K17 trillion budget for 2011

Government has proposed a 17 trillion Kwacha budget for the year 2011.

This represents 20 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Secretary to the Treasury, Likolo Ndalamei says the total expenditure is projected to be 21 trillion Kwacha representing 21 percent of GDP.

Mr. NDALAMEI said this in a statement on fiscal trends, strategy and forecast for the 2011 budget and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for the period 2011 to 2013.

He said the medium term budget spending is proposed to increase to 20 trillion kwacha in 2012 and then 22 trillion Kwacha in 2013.

Mr. Ndalamei said government projects to incur a deficit of 3.5 percent between 2011 and 2013, to finance ambitious infrastructure expansion programmes in roads and the energy sector.

He however noted that domestic borrowing will reduce from 1.4 percent in 2011 to 1.2 percent by the year 2013.

Mr. NDALAMEI said net external financing is also expected to decline from two percent to 1.8 percent in the same period.

He said in the period 2011 to 2013, government will emphasise efficient use of resources and re-align expenditure to create room for development and investment spending.

Mr Ndalamei said this will be done by avoiding spreading resources too thinly across many developmental projects and implementing cost cutting measures.

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