National budget increases to Rwf5,030.1 billion

On 16 June 2023 at 06:33

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, on Thursday June 15, 2023, presented the 2023/24 National Budget to Parliament on behalf of the Government. The Rwf5,030.1 billion budget proposal for 2023/2024 fiscal year represents Rwf265.3 billion or 6% increase compared to Rwf 4,764.8 announced in the 2022/23 revised budget.

The rise in spending will fuel ongoing economic recovery, support climate change mitigation as well as finance key investments in education, healthcare, ICT, agriculture and infrastructure through the National Strategy for Transformation.

“The budget reflects Government’s economic resilience efforts in the face of global shocks. Government will continue to prioritize fiscal consolidation, ease inflation and invest in agriculture, scale up social protection coverage; improve the quality of education, create employment opportunities and support micro, small, medium and large enterprises affected by COVID-19 through the enhanced Economic Recovery Fund and Manufacture and Build to Recover Program”, Minister Ndagijimana told Parliamentarians.

Key changes in the 2023/2024 Budget

Estimated total resources for the fiscal year 2023/24 will amount to Rwf5,030.1 billion. The proposed budget is comprised of Rwf2,956.1 billion of domestic revenue which represents 63% of the total budget, external grants of Rwf652.1 billion representing 13% of the entire budget and external loans will amounting to Rwf1,225.1 billion or 24% of the total budget

Total expenditure in the fiscal year 2023/24 is projected at Rwf5,030.1 billion. This figure is made up of recurrent expenditure of Rwf2,902.3 billion representing 57.7% and development expenditure of Rwf2,127.7 billion representing 42.3%.

Key allocations in line with the National Strategy for Transformation

Prioritization in resource allocation to various sectors has been guided by critical considerations that enhance NST1 delivery, economic recovery plan interventions, prioritization of ongoing projects, emphasis on transformation and sustainability as well as resilience to social economic shocks. In this regard, Government will allocate Rwf2.8 trillion (about 55.9% of the entire budget) to the Economic Transformation Pillar.

These resources will scale-up agriculture productivity, create jobs, support private sector development and strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. It will also increase access to electricity and clean water, support urbanization and settlement, improve the national road network, scale up adoption of ICT, and implement agriculture de-risking and financing facility.

Social Transformation

Under the social transformation pillar, Government will allocate about Rwf1.5 trillion (approximately 30.4% of the entire budget). The budget share will be spent on improving quality and access to health and education, eradicate extreme poverty through scaling up of social protection programs, improve nutrition through early detection, provision of fortified foods and scaling of early childhood development facilities. The funds will also promote family and gender, sports and culture as well as disaster management through enhancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Transformational Governance

Under the transformational governance pillar, Government plans to spend Rwf690.1 billion (about 13.7 % of the total budget). This allocation will focus on promotion of quality service delivery across public and private sectors, good governance and transformational leadership, strengthening public finance management, strengthening justice, law and order, maintaining peace and security and strengthening crime prevention as well as supporting international cooperation through strengthening economic diplomacy.

With regard to internal or external factors that may affect Rwanda’s operating economic environment, such as drought or decrease in global commodity prices that may affect the country’s export prices, Government plans to closely monitor such developments and take necessary measures to ensure full implementation of Rwanda’s economic program.