Who Gets What in 2002

Current Non-Interest Expenditure

In this section we consider how the budgeted expenditure is allocated among competing Ministries, Departments, Programmes and Projects.

Central Government's non-interest current expenditure (employment costs and other charges) for the year is budgeted at G$34.6Bn which is 0.8% below the revised 2001 amount.  The Ministries/ Departments with the most significant allocations are:

* Percentage of total current expenditure

 

Not unlike last year, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Guyana Defence Force receive the most significant allocations.  Separate allocations are provided for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.     

The regions with the most significant allocations are:

* Represents % of regional allocation.

 

Significant changes from the previous year's latest estimates occurred in the following Ministries/ Departments:

Agency

2002 $(Mn)

2001 $(Mn)

Variance $(Mn)

% Inc./(Dec)

Office of the Prime Minister

42

105

(63)

(60)

Ministry of Local Government & Regional Development

88

56

32

57

Public Service Ministry

157

75

82

109

Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry

208

112

96

86

Ministry of Health

2,173

960

1,213

126

Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security

1,368

629

739

117

The substantial increases in the allocations for the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development; the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry; the Ministry of Health; the Public Service Ministry and the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security were because of the restructuring of the ministries and the discontinuation of the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry, the Ministry of Health and Labour, and the Ministry of Human Service & Social Security.

Capital Expenditure

Central Government's capital expenditure for the year is budgeted at G$21.5Bn which is 15% above revised 2001 and 36% of total 2001 expenditure.  The Ministries / Departments with the most significant capital expenditure allocations are:

The Office of the Prime Minister receives no allocations for 2002. The largest increases are in the following Ministries: the Ministry of Finance (125%), the Parliament Office (67%), the Ministry of Health (64.5%), the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development (52%), the Supreme Court (50%), the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security (40%) and the Public Service Ministry (100%) had the most significant increases in allocations. The substantial increase in the capital budget for the Ministry of Finance is due to an allocation of $1,228Mn for the rehabilitation of GUYSUCO and a $1,500Mn loan to LINMINE. 

Regional Allocations

Once again Region 6 (East Berbice/Corentyne) whose share of the country's population is about 20%, received approximately 20% of the total current expenditure amount allocated to the regions. The situation regarding the total expenditure allocation is similar. Region 6 gets 19% while the even smaller Region 3 (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), with a population share of 12.5% gets 16% of the amount of the regional expenditure, up from 14.2% in 2000. On the other hand, Region 4, with 42% of the country's population receives only 16% of the total expenditure allocated to the regions.

Source: Population - Guyana Statistical Year Book –1994 

Budget Allocations - 2002 Estimates of the Public Sector

Ram & McRae’s Comments

These percentages remain largely unchanged from the previous year.  Region 4 has the greatest unfavourable disconnect between population and expenditure while Region 6 receives an allocation that is almost commensurate with its population.