Budget shortage hindered implementation of some projects in Syria’s AANES

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The budget shortage led to the failure to implement some projects this year, an official in the Legislative Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) said on Thursday.

This came during the last meeting of the Legislative Council of the AANES for the year 2021 at the council’s headquarters in the city of Amuda, northeast Syria.

“Some projects were set at the beginning of this year, but they were not implemented due to the lack of sufficient budget,” Hikmat Habib, the co-chair of the Legislative Council, told North Press.

“Fiscal Year 2022 is the first year in which the budget was set for each region separately. The budget allocated to The Jazira region is 37% of the general budget for northeast Syria,” he added.

The projects that were not implemented in 2021 were related to the agricultural aspect and the failure to provide adequate support to farmers. Some other projects were related to the service aspect, such as providing vaccines for Covid-19, and building medical centers and hospitals, according to Habib.

The budget for the year 2022 for the Jazira region was set at $12,518,280, including $5,401,720 for the municipal budget.

The meeting was attended by all the committees of the Legislative Council, health committees, economy committees, education committees and agriculture committees.

The annual report was discussed, proposals were submitted by members, and some laws related to parties were amended in the meeting.

It was also officially announced the resignation of 21 members of the Legislative Council and the accession of 23 new ones.

“85% of this budget will be for municipalities, agriculture, health and education; as these are considered service institutions to meet the needs of the citizen,” Habib said.

Reporting Diana Muhammad