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23. Whose  budget?

    Who should be involved in the budgeting process?

    In the previous pages we agreed upon the principle that the citizens can and should
    share in the management of their country in the same way that they are able to
    manage their homes and their businesses.

    If that principle is agreed upon, it follows that these citizens should have a say in the
    size of the taxes that they will be called upon to pay and in the usage that the
    government will make  of the proceeds of these taxes.

    In other words the citizens should be directly associated in the preparation of the
    yearly national budget that decides how much money will be raised by the
    government  and to which purpose this money will be used.

    As to the way that government will  secure the participation of the citizens to the
    budgeting process, the web site on international budget partnership proposes a
    number of approaches used in numerous countries around the world.

    These approaches vary from the ones adopted by  the Scandinavian countries in
    Europe where the democratic process is highly developed to some countries in
    Africa and Asia where it is necessary to start by explaining  the fundamental concept
    to the population.

    Lebanon is situated halfway between these two extremes. The Lebanese citizen
    generally understands fairly well the principle of the right to participate but finds it
    hard to believe, after four hundred years of Ottoman rule, twenty years of French
    rule, and sixty years of imperfect democracy, to say the least,that the other party,
    meaning the State (Al Dawle), is serious about calling for that participation.

    It is up to that Dawle to make the first steps and decide to introduce all round
    transparency and offer to the citizens the right to share in the fiscal decision making

    Once the principle is accepted it remains to set up a system to define the terms and
    the method, and the extent of that  participation.

    That is what we shall examine in the following web page.

    We present below a list of twenty five public officials and public, private and
    international organizations and institutions likely to be involved in the budget and in
    the planning processes


    Proposed stakeholders in the planning
    and the budgeting processes in Lebanon
    Parliamentary Commissions
    Ministry Directors
    Ministry Personnel
    Municipality Mayors
    Municipal Boards
    Professional Associations
    Chambers of Commerce, Industry and
    Media representatives
    Armed Forces
    Security Institutions
    Religious institutions
    Medical Institutions
    Political party representatives
    CDR (The Center for Development and
    CES (Le Centre Economique et Social)
    International Donors
    International groups and institutions