Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency calls on the Ministry of Finance to provide access to the 2021 budget proposal

Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency calls on the Ministry of Finance to provide access to the 2021 budget proposal

To promote principle of partnership and public right to view the public budget

Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency calls on the Ministry of Finance to provide access to the 2021 budget proposal

Ramallah – The Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency called for allowing public access to the 2021 Public Budget Proposal, which is legally due by the end of 2020. As highlighted by the Public Financial Management Strategy, this is based on citizens’ right to access information and promotion of the principle of partnership with society from across the spectrum, particularly civil society and political party representatives.

In a letter sent to the Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, the Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency expressed willingness and looked forward to holding a hearing session with the Ministry of Finance before the 2021 public budget is enacted. The session would review the general framework of the 2021 public budget proposal and consistence with current political, economic, and health challenges. The budget proposal should respond to the pressing need for improving and developing capacities of the health sector to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Budget allocations need to be earmarked to promote the social security system and provide support to the poor and persons affected by the pandemic.

This is part of the effort made by the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) (Secretary of the Civil Society Team for Enhancing Public Budget Transparency) to promote integrity, transparency, and accountability for public financial management in general, and public budget in particular. It further urges the Palestinian government to be open to citizens and enhance public trust in government performance.