TI Fiji discusses budget transparency
Continuing from TI Fiji's work with the Citizens Consitutional Forum in 2011, TI Fiji participated in a workshop for residents in Navua on 5 - 6 June 2012, aimed at building citizens' understanding of the government's national budget.
TI Fiji presented on the need to ensure that Fiji's national budget, budget processes, formulation and implementation are transparent and accountable and that communities and citizens understand their role in analyzing and monitoring the national budget.
Budget transparency is a core focus for TI Fiji, as it enables all citizens to have access to information on how its government spends public money on different activities, and where the money originally comes from (e.g. income tax, VAT, international aid).
Our national budget received a zero rating in the 2010 Open Budget Index Survey, which reflects the fact that Fiji did not publish its Pre-Budget Statement, Year-End Report or Audit Report when the Open Budget Index Survey was undertaken.
Permanent Secretary for the Finance Ministry, Mr Filimone Waqabaca, has advised that the ministry is considering various measures to implement and ensure that the public was informed of the various budget processes and how public funds were being allocated and used, as reported in The Fiji Times, 12 June 2012.
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