Published on : 6/01/23 9:18 AM
It is, in plain English, the simplified version of the finance law for the year 2023. Designed for the general public, in a language devoid of any technicality in French and English, the document is available and downloadable on the website of the Directorate General of Budget. This publication highlights the data and information useful for determining the State budget, the resources and expenses, as well as certain expenditures that are usually the object of particular interest on the part of the population.
The Citizen Budget 2023 is structured around: 1) the economic hypotheses used to draw up the budget; 2) the budgetary process; 3) revenue collection; 4) allocation and expenditure priorities; 5) new measures; 6) major investment projects; 7) decentralization; and 8) gender budgeting.
“As part of the implementation of public finance management reforms, the government has made a commitment to base public policy management on principles of transparency, performance and strengthening the quality of public services,” explains the Minister of Finance, Louis PAUL MOTAZE, in the foreword to this 48-page pamphlet.
Since 2019, the Government has made a commitment to publish the citizen budget every year. This publication makes it possible to guarantee, to a non-initiated public, (to citizens), access to budgetary information enshrined in the provisions of Law N°2018/011 of 11 July 2018 on the Code of transparency and good governance in the management of public finances in Cameroon.
In general, in its philosophy and in line with circular (N°001 of 23 August 2022) relating to the preparation of the State Budget for the fiscal year 2023, the State budget is drawn up to enable the implementation of the Government’s National Development Strategy 2020-2030 (NDS30) to continue. This involves improving the living conditions of the population, the proper functioning of state services, the reduction of inequalities between men and women (gender issues), as well as the improvement of the business environment, thus enabling the private sector to develop and create jobs.