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The COVID 19 global pandemic: Impact to the economy and policy options
The outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID 19) in China has quickly morphed into a global pandemic that is threatening the world economy. In December 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) to a rising number of cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei Province.
Unpacking Of the Budget Policy Statement & Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy 2020
The 2020 budget policy statement provides for fiscal policies that are meant to sustain Kenya’s economic growth under a sluggish global growth. It sets the tone of the various policies that will need budgeting over the medium term so as to harness the national agenda i.e. “the Big 4 Agenda” for job creation and economic prosperity.
Unpacking of the Supplementary Budget I for FY 2019/20
The Unpacking of the Supplementary Budget I for FY 2019/20 provides a critical evaluation of the extent to which it deviates from the Approved Budget for FY 2019/20 and also its adherence to the tenets outlined in law as well as international best practice.
The Budget Watch 2019/2020 12th Edition.
The Budget Watch disseminates findings of the Parliamentary Budget Office on key issues regarding the budget estimates in a particular financial year. The findings of the 12th edition of the Budget Watch have been disseminated in the process of scrutiny of the budget for the financial year 2019/2020 by the Legislature.
Quarterly Brief 24 April 2019
Anatomy of a Food Crisis, "Can Kenya rise above the perennial hunger?"
Drought and famine in Kenya is an increasingly common phenomenon. Unless leaders rise to the occasion, food shortage will continue to persist.
The Budget Options for 2019/20
The Budget Options for 2019/20 explores the dynamics of moving the economy from the 5-6% economic growth rate where the economy has stagnated over the past five years to a higher growth trajectory that will reduce poverty and enhance the living standards of Kenyans. The challenge lies in unlocking a higher productive capacity.
The PBO was established in the year 2007 as a unit under the Directorate of Information and Research services following a resolution of Parliament. The office further got a legal backing with the enactment of the Fiscal Management Act 2009 (FMA), which established the PBO as an office in the Parliamentary Service Commission. The office was subsequently elevated to a directorate in 2010.
This Analysis of the Finance Bill, 2018
The Finance Bill, 2018 contains various changes to the Income Tax Act, VAT Act, Excise Duty Act, Miscellaneous Fees and Levies Act, Tax Tribunal Act and Tax Procedures Act. Changes on tax rates or tax measures are estimated to yield at least Ksh. 30 billion. The Bill also introduces various........ read more, below attached pdf
2018/19 Budget Watch
The Budget Watch disseminates findings by the Parliamentary Budget Office on key issues regarding the budget estimates in a particular financial year. The findings of the 11th edition of the Budget Watch have been disseminated in the process of scrutiny of the budget for the financial year 2018/2019 by the Legislature.
The Half Year Economic & Fiscal Update, August 2018
This brief is a supplement to the monthly bulletin which details key economic and budget developments in a given month. The 2018 half year update gives a more detailed analysis of economic performance in the course of the financial year. It is intended to keep stakeholders especially the legislators updated on the latest trends in the economy.