This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
“In this year, the state collected 640, 879 pounds through revenue collection compared to one million pounds collected last year in 2012,” said Lillian.
The ministry has criticized the centralized taxation system saying the biggest challenge hindering ministry’s abilities to flourish economically was the centralized taxation system that was introduced by the national government in 2012.
“Border closure between Sudan and South Sudan, unnecessary road blocks on some of the roads increase the cost of doing business in the state due to extra taxation levied to truck drivers delivery goods remains also an impact on our state revenue collection,” said Lilian.
Lilian blamed high transit fees charged by the neighbouring states on commodities coming to the state have led the state revenue decline.
The above mentioned challenges caused the state’s revenue to decline substantially caused by unnecessary road blockage and heavy rains which discouraged many business ventures.
The above mentioned challenges caused the state’s revenue to decline substantially from 1,068,339 SSP in March 2012 to just 640,879 SSP in the March 2013.
While reading the statement, the minister said the policy also seeks various stakeholders that will anchor the economy in the state over the short to medium terms.
Rizik said her state ministry policy statement also specifies board strategic priorities which guide the government during the preparation of the budget for fiscal year 2013- 2014.
The Statement affirms government’s commitment towards achieving social an economic goal within a sound fiscal and budgetary framework as encapsulated in the state strategic plan for 2012 – 2015 due to the prevailing austerity measures, the activities of the state strategic plan 2012 – 2015 shall extended to the year 2017.
“ Our economic policies continue to be aimed at reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth and infrastructure development as espoused in the state strategic plan 2012 – 2015, which sets out our priorities in the short to medium terms,” said Lillian while adding that agriculture and food security, green belt zone management, trade and service, education science and technology, infrastructure and development as well as climate change, natural recourse and environmental management integrated rural development, public heath, water and sanitation and HIV/AIDS management, youth development and women empowerment, energy, mining and industrial areas are the ministry’s priorities.
Lillian said regarding the accountability and economic sector, the ministry is responsible for creation of right economic environment for investment and private sector development, streamlining tax policy and administration and licensing.
The ministry is also responsible for diversity private sector led economic growth and sustainable development to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty.
For accountability and effective economic function, the ministry remained committed to maintain better fiscal management, accountable and transparent budgeting, expanded revenue collection and accountability by 2015, said the minister.
She said to achieve the above stated, her ministry is working to advance and accelerate the broad based economic growth and sustainable development that will be led by private sector, with clearly delineated roles for the public and private sectors.
Lilian was the first among the newly appointed ministers to come forward with her ministry’s strategic plan before 100 days given by the state governor for each minister to gear up with duties.