|Written by Vong Sokheng and Cheang Sokha|
| Friday, 31 October 2008
Phnom Penh Post
|THE National Assembly is seeking input from local and international stakeholders on a draft of the 2009 National Budget Law, which allocates US$2 billion in state funds, including large increases for the military.
The NGO Forum on Cambodia requested that a public forum be held on November 20, before lawmakers debate the draft law in early December, said CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap.
“We are inviting all stakeholders, including international organisations, government representatives, members of parliament and students [to take part],” he said.
In the draft law, the military budget has been doubled to about US$500 million.
“Civil society is ready to join the workshop and will share some ideas with the National Assembly,” he said.
“Last year, the Ministry of Defence wasted a lot of the national budget, so they have to review before adding to the military’s budget,” he said.