Budget in Brief & Citizen's Guide

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In cooperation with the Fiscal Reform II Project (FRPII) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID(, the General Budget Department issued the "Budget In Brief" and "Citizen's Guide" for 2011 for the first time. This effort supports its plan to realize the Department’s vision: “A transparent public budget that strengthens the pillars of sustainable development and presides over good international practices”. The two documents manifest the Department’s keenness to deepen the concept of Results-oriented Budgeting, implement the best international practices, disseminate awareness on general budget issues, and promote informed participation in this area.

The Department seeks through those publications to develop brief, simple, and analytical documents that are consistent with international standards. Moreover, the Department seeks to raise its evaluation score in budget management assessment undertaken by relevant international bodies, particularly with regard to transparency in budget preparation and implementation and promotion of informed participation in this respect. The Department also aims at providing a summary on budget cycle and main characteristics of the general budget law in an easy and understandable manner to a large segment of citizens.

The "Budget In Brief", which presents a summary of the Budget Law for 2011, introduces a number of topics, namely economic and fiscal performance for 2010, budget assumptions, macroeconomic projections, and main budget features and characteristics for 2011. The document also presents the mechanism of general budget preparation, budget calendar, and potential risks that the general budget might face in the medium-term.

On the other hand, the "Citizen's Guide" for 2011 introduces a definition for the general budget, main governmental achievements for 2010,Key economic and fiscal indicators for 2010, and main budget features and developments for 2011. It also addresses topics related to government spending and borrowing, as well as citizen’s role in maintaining property and in budget implementation.