Parliamentary Committees Series [14th October 2011]

Public Hearings on 2012 National Budget

The House of Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion will be holding public hearings on the 2012 National Budget from 17th to 21st October. The committee will operate in two teams. The team programmes are as follows:

Team 1 – Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces Monday 17th October

Harare – Rainbow Towers, 9am to 4pm

Tuesday 18th October

1. Bindura – Kimberley Reef Hotel, 9am to 11am

2. Marondera – Farmers Hall, 2pm to 4 pm

Wednesday 19th October

Mutare – Queen’s Hall, 9am to 11am

Thursday 20th October:

Masvingo – Civic Centre Hall, 9am to 11am

Friday 21st October:

Chiredzi – Chitsanga Hall, 9am to 11am

Team 2 – Mashonaland West, Midlands, Bulawayo,

Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North provinces

Monday 17th October

Chinhoyi – Cooksey Memorial Hall, 9am to 11am

Tuesday 18th October

1. Gokwe – Cheziya Community Hall, 9am to 11am

2. Gweru – Gweru Theatre, 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 19th October:

1. Bulawayo – Small City Hall, 9am to 11am

2. Gwanda – Gwanda Hotel, 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 20th October:

Lupane – Lupane Community Hall, 11am to 1pm

Friday 21st October:

Victoria Falls – Leambe Conference Room, Kingdom Hotel, 9 am to 11am

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee is Hon Paddington Zhanda, MP. The committee clerk is Mr Chris Ratsakatika.

The portfolio committee is obliged by the Public Finance Management Act “to conduct public hearings to elicit the opinions of as many stakeholders in the national annual budget as possible”. The 2012 Budget Strategy Paper [BSP], launched last week by the Minister of Finance, has been made available to the public to encourage “full participation by stakeholders in order to build consensus on the priorities that should guide the preparation of the 2012 Budget”. [The BSP can be downloaded from the Ministry’s website at www.zimtreasury.org/downloads/921.pdf. It is a pdf file of approximately 1.2 MB. If you do not have Internet access please request a copy from [email protected]]

Interested groups and organisations, and all members of public, are invited to attend these hearings, at which they have the opportunity to give evidence and make oral representations. Contributions made will be considered by the portfolio committee in compiling a report to be tabled in the House of Assembly.

If you want to make oral representations at a hearing you should signify this to the Committee Clerk so that he can notify the chairperson to call on you. An oral submission is more effective if it is followed up in writing. If you are making a written submission, it is advisable to take as many copies as possible for circulation at the hearing.

If you are unable to attend a hearing, written submissions and correspondence are also welcome and may be addressed to: The Clerk of Parliament, Attention: Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion, P.O. Box CY298, Causeway, Harare. If delivering, please use the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance to Parliament, between Second and Third Streets.

For further information please contact the committee clerk, Mr Chris Ratsakatika. Telephone 04-700181-9, 252936, extension 2282. Fax 04-252935.

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