A focus group comprising senior officers from the Ministry of Health, health practitioners and civil society representatives yesterday met with the minister responsible for finance to discuss their proposals and contributions to next year’s budget planning.
The discussions which were led by Minister Jean-Paul Adam and other officials from the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy took place at the Health Ministry Sheikh Khalifa’s conference room.
“We are privileged to have this very important meeting where all our contributions will be considered when preparing the national budget,” Health Minister Mitcy Larue said when addressing key officers from her ministry who had gathered for the session.
In its effort to demystify the budget process the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy has since early this year embarked on a series of interactive sessions with different sectors – public and private – to explain the budget process.
“Through such interactions we can explore how to improve health outcomes. Resources is an issue and a challenge when planning a budget but we need to look at the outcomes we want to achieve and the resources that we can pledge to achieve those outcomes and how we can better plan them,” Minister Adam said, noting that “challenges will remain but we have to manage them”.
The budget consultation is a new initiative which focuses on the different budget processes as well as the roles and responsibilities of all parties concerned.
General response to the budget planning consultations has been very encouraging so far and the ministry welcomes all contributions.
Last week budget consultation were held with Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
Source : Seychelles NATION