The Minister of Finance Amb. Claver Gatete will on Thursday present to nation the 2013/2014 financial year budget. The budget will be read before Parliament on Thursday June 13, with the 2012/13 fiscal year ending on June 30. However, as this year comes to a close, Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze sought views from chief executives, organisations, as wellas professionals about what they think should be included in the next budget:
John Mirenge, CEO RwandAir
I expect the budget to address issues that will drive the country’s economic growth because that’s where all of us get our daily bread. Also, a budget that puts emphasis on infrastructure development, especially transport which is a major factor of production, will be good news for the country.
Claire Uwera, principal secretary at Chamber of Commerce
The budget should provide for more to boost the manufacturing and export sector. This will not only help us bridge our trade deficit gap, but also create more employment opportunities.
Hakizimana Lydie, director Chamber of Younger Entrepreneurs
A budget that invests in technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills will be a great boost to the economy. This is because there is still a big gap between the skills our children get from school and what the market requires. We are always importing expatriates when we can actually create our own expatriates.
Meldah Twahirwa, business woman
The government should provide business people subsides to encourage investors.