1.Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to move that the Estimates onRecurrent and Development Accounts for the 2013/14 Budgetbe referred to the Committee of the Whole House, beconsidered Vote by Vote, and that thereafter, be adopted.
2.Mr. Speaker, Sir, I am honored to stand here and deliverto this August House the second Budget Statement of thePeople's Party (PP) Administration led by Her Excellency, Dr. Joyce Banda.3.Before I proceed with my statement, allow me to onceagain express my most profound gratitude to the President forentrusting me with the responsibility of leading her economicteam in these trying times. I also wish to offer my deepestappreciation of her leadership and guidance.4.It is because of Her Excellency's guidance that we all cansee the light at the end of the tunnel and have hope for animproved economy.5.Mr. Speaker, Sir, as we have always done, I led theMinistry of Finance in consultations with a wide range of stakeholders across the country in April and May this year, toget an understanding of what Malawians want to see in thisbudget. This budget that I am presenting has benefited greatlyfrom these consultations. Of course, it was not possible to takeon board all the good ideas due to limitations of resources. I would, therefore, like to thank most sincerely all those whocame forward with ideas on how to move the economy forwardand make the budget reflective of the aspirations of our people.6.Mr. Speaker, Sir, the honorable House is well aware of theeconomic challenges that we faced in this country at the time Ipresented last year's statement. We introduced and have beenimplementing a series of tough economic reform measures that were designed to restore macro-economic balance and amarket based economy that would help provide a solidfoundation for sustainable economic growth.
2013/14 Budget Statement1