Peru Fin Min: 2021 budget to have health and education as a priority

16:04 | Lima, Jun. 2.

Economy and Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva on Tuesday announced that the draft bill for the 2021 Public Budget to be presented in the second half of 2020 will have the health and education sectors as priority.

"Definitely, next year's budget priorities are as always education and health," she revealed during her virtual presentation before Congress' COVID-19 Emergency Monitoring and Disaster Risk Management Commission.

The Cabinet member recalled that the draft budgets for the following years are directly related to tax collection and economic activity.

"A peculiarity of next year's budget is that there will be a change of government in (July) 2021, and we want to be quite responsible with the budget that we will hand over to the next administration," she said.

According to the high-ranking official, the great bet is for the economic reactivation to be responsible and to allow for the recovery of tax collection levels.

"Budgets have to be built from real and reliable information. It would be irresponsible for us to propose a budget that is not consistent with reality because it would affect the next president's administration," Alva noted.

"Our enormous challenge is to recover the revenue, and from there make the greatest efforts to guarantee the resources," she pointed out.

Published: 6/2/2020
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