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The fifth budget in the absence of the parliament

When the participation is absent, can transparency be achieved?

Partners For Transparency (PFT)
Cairo, June 21st , 2015
Press Release
For the fifth year in a row in the wake of January 25th revolution, The Egyptian government adopts the
state budget in the absence of the elected parliament, and except for the financial year 2012/2013 where
the parliament partly contributed in the state budget adoption all the other budgets including the next
financial year's budget 2015/2016 have been adopted without referring them to the elected entity
constitutionally entrusted to adopt the state budget.
Partners For Transparency (PFT) has followed the Egyptian government's adoption to the state budget
for the financial year 2015/2016 at the end of the last week, in preparation for its submission to the
President for approval. Apart from the details of the state budget, which requires deep and objective
analysis, PFT believes that Mr. Ibrahim Mahlab's government wasn't keen to provide mechanisms for
community participation in the state budget preparation. Where the political harmonization called for
the government to overcome the absence of the Parliament via more involvement of the national
stakeholders in the budget discussions and the arrangement of its priorities and what to support.
Although Partners For Transparency pays praises some of the actions taken by the Ministry of Finance
before the adoption of the state budget, and specifically the issuance of the citizen's budget guide, and
the issuance of a preliminary statement of the budget explaining the general framework of the budget,
PFT considers this as a good step taken by the ministry, when the Foundation has reservations on the
lack of allocating sufficient time to discuss the state budget in the mass media before adopting it by the
Cabinet and submitting it to the President .PFT calls on the Ministry of Finance to issue a simplified
guide for the state general budget of the financial year 2015/2016, including specific numbers related to
the income and expected spending items in order to achieve the required transparency, and to enable
the citizens to hold the governmental authorities accountable during the next financial year .

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