Government , through the Ministry of Finance, has commenced preparations for the 2016 National Budget and the 2016-2018 Medium Framework (MTF).
Ministry of Finance public relation officer chileshe Kandeta said the Ministry have since invited members of the public to submit proposals for tax and non-tax revenue policy for the 2016 budget.
The consultation period which ends on July 31 2015 ha been set to ensure that all citizens including youths, women groups and the private sector participate in the formulation of the 2016 Budget and the 2016 to 2018 (MTF).
Mr Kandeta said his Ministry is steadfast in its resolve to ensure citizen ownership of the 2016 National Budget further stating that those representing interest groups are required to ensure that internal peer consultations with institutions which they represent are conducted.
He said submissions which will be finally be received by the ministry of Finance should pass the internal litmus test and have the support of the members of the respective stakeholder organisation or interest group.
And commenting on the initiative, Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said the process is a non-partisan mission, but a pragmatic search for tax and non-tax policy consolidation, widespread employment creation and promotion of greater well-being of the people of Zambia.