Cabinet Approves Finance Ministry Policy

The Eastern Equatoria State Finance Minister Sam Felix Makuja. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

The meeting chaired by governor, Louis Lobong Lojore approved the document and according to the government spokesperson Felix Otuduha Siro, the policy will now be presented to the state assembly for deliberations and subsequent approval for implementation.

The ministry has the mandate to manage financial resources and to formulate economic plans in participation with the people of the state to ensure equitable social and economic development.

The Ministry delivers its responsibilities through medium term strategic plans, annual plans and budgets, tax administration and revenue collection, resource mobilisation, coordination with development partners, equitable allocation of resources and formulating appropriate financial management policies. 

Given the importance of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce poverty, the MDG focused programs will be incorporated into the development plans.

Following the government policy on strengthening the social service sector, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning allocated funds to the education sector with priority, which resulted to a significant improvement in education infrastructure during last few years. 
The number of primary school classes increased from 1,694 in 2009 to 1,822 in 2011 and pupil to Classroom ratio improved from 130.9 to 102.4 during the period.

Due to food shortage issues faced by the greater Kapoeta communities during 2011, the Gross primary school enrolment ratio declined from 50.13% in 2010 to 44.15% in 2011.

However, the situation was improved in 2012 and the number of students enrolled in primary and secondary schools increased by four percent in 2012 compared to 2011.

During the process of developing economic plans and financial management procedures, the State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning will focus on achieving objectives of social and economic services, and creating more employment opportunities to reduce poverty.

With its mission to develop and implement a comprehensive and participatory development planning, budgeting, equitable allocation of resources and prudent financial management, through appropriate policies to achieve economic growth, the Minister disclosed that his Ministry’s Vision is to be the premier institution responsible for financial and economic management for the prosperity of Eastern Equatoria State.

Makuja revealed that the responsibilities of economic development planning and budgeting are vested in the ministry to improve living standards, attain equitable economic growth and create employment opportunities in the State.

As a result, the Ministry has developed the State Strategic Plan 2012/13 – 2014/15 through a rigorous planning process to achieve strategic development. 

The Ministry will focus on strategic objectives and introduce necessary policy and regulatory frameworks to strengthen service delivery and achieve its goals by building an effective performance monitoring and evaluation system, improving resource mobilisation mechanisms, promoting private investments in harnessing natural resources and strengthening financial administration and management.

As part of strategic goals the ministry will focus to improve development planning and budgeting process to create employment, reduce poverty, provide quality social services and attain equitable economic growth.

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