The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development has concluded the nation-wide 2017 national budget public consultations with the need for a pro-poor budget, enhancing productivity across all sectors and transformation of various communities dominating discussions.

The public consultations, which commenced on the 2nd of this month ended yesterday, Friday the 6th of October, with all the country’s 10 provinces covered.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development commended the public for their input and described the exercise as a success given the sound recommendations and participation by all age groups.

Acting Chairperson of the portfolio committee, Cde Terrence Mukupe said the underlying message has been the need to grow the national cake and a budget that captures the broader socio-economic aspirations of the country.

The last leg of the five-day tour saw the committee engaging members of the public at Chinotimba Hall in Victoria Falls.

According to the residents of the resort town, apart from addressing the unsustainable government expenditure bill, there is need to establish vocational training institutions in the area and set up the Victoria Falls Development Fund from the tourism sector proceeds.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Cde Patrick Chinamasa is expected to present the 2018 national budget next month with expectations of measures to consolidate gains made on the economic front and interventions to address some of the economic challenges.