Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the Supreme Consultative Council he initiated will give feedback on the draft budget before it is forwarded to the Council of Ministers.
Speaking to garment workers in Kandal province yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said that he invited all political party leaders to provide recommendations on draft national budget for 2019.
“There is one law the Supreme Consultative Council will debate soon, the draft law on the national budget for 2019,” he said. “Not everyone gets access to it, but we will provide this duty to party leaders to express their opinions and ideas with us.”
“We have opened the door for their participation and to give ideas on the national budget even though they do not have much experience,” Mr Hun Sen added. “The Ministry of Economy and Finance has to show a presentation to them to ensure they understand it.”
The Supreme Consultative Council is a forum Mr Hun Sen initiated to gather input form political parties that contested the national election to move the nation forward together following the CPP sweeping all National Assembly seats.
Mr Hun Sen said that Khmer National United Party president Nhek Bun Chhay will chair the council and then it will rotate to other parties.
The president of the council is elected to carry out a one-month task with a monthly rotation based on each party’s ballot slot position from the National Election Committee.
Khmer Will Party president Kong Monika said that his party was ready to provide input.
“At least we can express our ideas in the forum,” Mr Monika said. “We will talk about human rights so that the government makes reforms and we hope that the government will accept our recommendations.”