Weekly Monitoring Report of Wolesi Jirga 13th – 18th Jan – 2018

January 18, 2018

Lawmakers Approve Next Year’s Draft Budget

The Wolesi Jirga, or the Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday approved the next Afghan calendar year’s budget draft. This comes just days before the parliamentarians are set to break for their winter recess of 45 days. A month back, the legislators rejected the draft budget, citing issues including lack of balance and significant lower allocation for development spending. They argued that the budget was not balanced and there were many complexities in the document. The total value of 1397 national budget is 377.011 billion AFN, comprising of 266.133 billion afs ordinary budget and 110.878 billion afs development budget. At least 188 billion AFN of next year’s budget will be provided from international aid and 183 billion afs from the national revenues, according to government officials.

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