PMO proposes BND366M budget

Hakim Hayat

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has proposed a total budget of BND366,021,500 for the fiscal year of 2020/2021, up by BND7 million from the previous year.

While tabling the proposed PMO budget allocation at the 16th Legislative Council (LegCo) Meeting yesterday, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud said the theme for PMO’s proposed budget allocation is in line with this year’s budget theme “Investing in Our Future”.

Some of the key focus areas of the proposed budget allocation include the increase of investment and ease-of-doing-business activities, competent and employable human resources, and maintaining public welfare.

Among the efforts being implemented to increase investment activities include continuous ease-of-doing-business initiatives, which have shown positive results as noted by the World Bank 2019 report that shows improvement in the areas of enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

The minister also shared that Brunei has improved its ranking in the World Bank Government Effectiveness Index to 28 in 2019 from 31 in the previous year.

In ensuring competent and employable human capital, he said capacity programmes under the Civil Service Leadership Pipeline (CSLP) such as the Young Executive Programme (YEP), the Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO) and the Executive Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO) will continue to run with efforts to improve the curriculum, towards the establishment of a Centre of Excellence.

With the “Whole of Nation” approach in mind, the minister said PMO’s budget will also hold on to the principle of “value for money” for the people in the short and long term.

“This includes giving attention to the upgrade and maintenance of assets to ensure conducive environment for all,” he said, adding that the PMO will also continue to strive for more government revenue through its existing services while strengthening its collection processes.

He said the increase in next year’s budget proposal is also due to the absorption of the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) and the Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC), as well as the moving of the E-Government National Centre to the Ministry of Transport and Info-Communication and the management of a new department, the Balai Khazanah Islam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (BKISHHB).

He said a development budget of BND65,498,880 has also been put forward, making the total proposed budget for PMO at BND431,520,380.