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Cabinet Approves Draft Budget for Next Fiscal Year

The Afghan cabinet on Tuesday approved the Finance Ministry-proposed draft budget for the next fiscal year, announced Shamroz Khan Masjidi, a Finance Ministry spokesman.

Forty days remain in this fiscal year.

The next step, Masjidi said, is for the draft to be sent to parliament for approval.

“It (the draft budget) will be sent to the parliament of Afghanistan this week,” Masjidi said.

The Financial and Budget Committee of the Wolesi Jirga said efforts will be made to approve the draft budget as soon as possible after its assessment.

According to Masjidi, the government’s income and expenses were a major part of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting agenda.

“The issues which should be discussed are whether balanced development has been considered in the budget, and whether the prioritized projects are national projects. So far, we do not have details on the budget,” said Baktash Ishchi, member of the committee.

Critics say the problems in this year’s budget should not be repeated in the next fiscal year.

“Transparency should be considered in the budget,” said Qiyas Saeedi, a university professor.

Cabinet Approves Draft Budget for Next Fiscal Year

Officials said the draft budget will be sent to the parliament this week for approval.

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The Afghan cabinet on Tuesday approved the Finance Ministry-proposed draft budget for the next fiscal year, announced Shamroz Khan Masjidi, a Finance Ministry spokesman.

Forty days remain in this fiscal year.

The next step, Masjidi said, is for the draft to be sent to parliament for approval.

“It (the draft budget) will be sent to the parliament of Afghanistan this week,” Masjidi said.

The Financial and Budget Committee of the Wolesi Jirga said efforts will be made to approve the draft budget as soon as possible after its assessment.

According to Masjidi, the government’s income and expenses were a major part of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting agenda.

“The issues which should be discussed are whether balanced development has been considered in the budget, and whether the prioritized projects are national projects. So far, we do not have details on the budget,” said Baktash Ishchi, member of the committee.

Critics say the problems in this year’s budget should not be repeated in the next fiscal year.

“Transparency should be considered in the budget,” said Qiyas Saeedi, a university professor.

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