Parliament listens to draft spending plan for first half 2019 from National Salvation Government

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SANAA, Feb.5 (Saba) – The Parliament on Tuesday continued to hold its sessions under parliament Speaker, Yahya al-Ra’i, in the presence of the Head and members of the National Salvation Government.

At Tuesday’s session, al-Ra’i stressed the complementarity of performance between the legislative and executive authorities, as well as the harmony between them in the framework of joint cooperation to accomplish the tasks entrusted to the two authorities, especially those relating to the constitutional and legal obligations and under the difficult living conditions experienced by Yemen due to the US-backed saudi-led aggression coalition and the all-out siege imposed on country since years.

He stressed that this requires redoubling efforts by combining roles to seek out possible solutions to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people stead-fasting in face of the brutality of aggression and siege, which has exceeded all human traditions for nearly four years.

He pointed out that the parliament will help the government in fulfilling its obligations on the implementation of all recommendations issued by the it, especially with regard to developing of life aspects of citizen until achieving the victory of Yemeni sovereignty.

He wished the Government success in fulfilling the obligations entrusted to its work.

During the session, the members of parliament listened to the statement submitted by the government on the draft spending plan for the first half of January – June 2019.

On behalf of the National Salvation Government, President of the National Salvation Government Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Speaker parliament its, presidency and members for inviting them to discuss the financial plan for the first half of this year.

He said : “Based on the relations of cooperation between the two authorities which embody the extent of the responsibility of the government before the parliament and the mechanism followed by the Parliament to supervising its works.

He stressed on the importance of awareness and good understanding of the reality during this extraordinary stage experienced by the country, the difficulties and challenges that have cast their shadow on various areas due to war and siege since March 2015.

Bin Habtoor also expressed his sincere thanks and sincere gratitude for the sincere cooperation and the serious and fruitful support provided to the Government since its formation.

He said that the allocation of limited resources to urgent expenditure aspects and their order of priority was the essential priority for the Government in implementation of the Cabinet Decision No. 2 for the year 2016, which obliged the Minister of Finance to submit a monthly spending plan that includes the operating expenses for all public service units covered by the laws linking the details of public budgets of the State in accordance with specific rules that correspond to the available resources and to the minimum expenditure that would facilitate the operation of such units.

The Prime Minister referred to the plan of expenditure prepared by the Ministry of Finance and approved by the Council of Ministers during the first half of January to June 2019 by Resolution No. 87 of 2018 on approval of the spending plan for the first half for the year 2019, adding that this requires continued cooperation between the efforts of legislative and executive authorities to realize Yemeni hopes and aspirations.

He stressed that the multiple challenges faced by Yemen require concerted efforts by all to overcome these challenges through prior consultations on policies, laws and decisions, with a special focus on issues related to the daily lives of citizens and improving their living conditions, including health, education, social security and combating corruption.

He stressed the need to pay attention to social issues and protect the poorest groups as well as the middle classes from the effects and repercussions of the aggression so that justice can be achieved in the distribution of burdens so that there are economic and developmental achievements even in a gradual manner because success in achieving this will affects the citizen’s assessment of parliament and government and the system as a whole.

“This is why we are confident that we will overcome challenges and difficulties together with transparency and genuine participation in macroeconomic policy-making and implementation and the assessment of their consequences,” he added.

The plan includes the most important economic indicators, the financial situation of the state and the challenges faced by public finance as well as an analysis of the objectives of the draft expenditure plan for the first half for the year 2019.

The plan also included macroeconomic indicators and financial developments during the “January-September 2018” period.

In the course of their discussions, the People’s Deputies emphasized the importance of the Government’s commitment to implement the recommendations contained in the questionnaires submitted to it and to implement the recommendations concerning the numbering of cars and motorbikes to reduce the risks posed by them.

They pointed to the need to establish an appropriate mechanism to deliver household gas material to all citizens and through the activation of points of direct sales in the capital Sanaa and other provinces of the Republic.

The People’s Deputies also stressed the importance of the government’s role in the implementation of the commitments it made on the payment of salaries of all civil servants, civilians and military as well as pay the salaries of retirees.

They noted that the government did not work on the implementation of previous recommendations, including speeding up the processing of economic units, Economic development, as well as ending duplicity.

The members of parliament addressed the importance of addressing the conditions of public education and paying of salaries of teachers so as not to affect the educational process, and reflected negatively on students in public schools, especially in light of the orientation of cadres to work in private sector.

The people’s deputies stressed the need for the government to oblige the Yemeni Oil Company to review contracts for oil derivatives.

The parliament approved the referral of the plan submitted by the government to a joint parliamentary committee headed by Deputy Speaker of parliament Abdul Salam Zabia for study and to submit the results at the end of next week.

The parliament had started its session by reviewing its previous minute and approved it.

It will continue to hold its meetings on Wednesday, God willing.

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