Ministry of Home Affairs seeks $147 million budget

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THE Minister of Home Affairs (MoHA) yesterday proposed a budget of $147.39 million for the 2016/2017 fiscal year, where 67.57 per cent or $94.81 million will cover staff salaries.

The proposed budget is 10.6 per cent lower than the previous fiscal year’s proposed budget of $164.83 million.

Giving the breakdown during the 12th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong said that $45.50 million or 32.43 per cent would be allocated for recurring expenditure while $7.7 million will go to special expenditure.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar also said that in the effort to realise the Vision 2035, a number of projects have been identified in accordance with the six strategic goals of the ministry.

The proposed budget includes allocation for public safety, fire prevention, natural disaster management and strengthening human resources, among others, in the municipalities.

He said the ministry has taken efforts to ease the process of doing business to promote entrepreneurship in the sultanate.

The ministry will also continue to improve the One Village One Product project by helping with the production, marketing and packaging of the products to further penetrate local and foreign markets, he added.

The minister also expressed his ministry’s commitment to improve and strengthen the capacity of human resources and create job opportunities for the locals.

The Brunei Times