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The 2019 Turkana County Budget Review and Outlook Paper (CBROP) has been prepared against abackdrop of reported weakening global economy majorly driven by tighter world-wide financialconditions, escalating trade sanctions and tensions and the uncertainties surrounding policy directionsacross world economies. The Global economic activity is reported to slow and reduce to 3.2 percent in2019 from the 3.6 percent recorded in 2018 with prospects expected across the globe. The sub-SaharanAfrican economic growth prospects are projected to grow by 0.3 percent to 3.4 percent in 2019 up from3.1 percent in 2018.Despite the emerging global challenges, the Kenyan economy has sustained resilience and remainedstrong. This has been enabled by stable macroeconomic conditions and the continuing public andprivate investments. The National economy is reported to have continued with its 6.3 percent 2018economic growth into the first quarter of 2019 and expanded by 5.6 percent despite the erratic laterainfall season, after which the economic growth momentum is expected to continue and an overall 6percent growth attained in 2019 driven by services sector resilience and positive business prospects.On the domestic Turkana County scene, the county's pastoral economy majorly driven by the servicessector and the livestock production, experienced and suffered sustained drought and insecurity shocks.Delayed rains affected many livelihoods which deteriorated into an emergency forcing the CountyGovernment to reorganize the FY 2018/19 budget to free funds for emergency supplies currentlyongoing. The insecurity along the borders created displacements and loss of property and lives, thusdisrupting economic activities and resulting into Internally Displaced Persons settlements. Highwaybanditry and robberies disrupted flow of goods and services leading to low collection of local revenue.The FY 2018/ 19 budget fiscal performance was commendable at 77% absorption rate despite the severalchallenges encountered in the course of the year including revenue shortfall, delayed approval of thesupplementary budgets, delayed release of funds from the Exchequer and the drought. The overallrevenue performance was 78% of the targeted annual revenue, including Equitable Share, Grants andOSR. The County government will continue seeking new frontiers to improve local revenue base,collection and administration. More resources will be directed to completion and implementation of thecounty-wide flagship capital projects.We anticipate to have an improved Own Source Revenue collection in the FY 2019/20 owing to peaceinitiatives and actions that have restored calm, improved rainfall effects and enhanced Own SourceRevenue collection administration measures. The County Government will continue institutingpragmatic measures geared towards boosting Own Source revenue levels in the wake of dwindlingEquitable Share from the National Government.As we embark on the FY 2020/21 budget preparation, we sh al I lay a lot of emphasis on the funding andimplementation of identified high impact flagship projc<..:ts that support attainment of the Governor's"Five point" agenda and the National " Big Four" pla11. The Sector Working Groups will thereforebe expected to allocate resources to the uncompleted ongoing development projects linked to therealization of the Governor's agenda and National '11ig Four" plan. Sector Working Groups are alsoexpected to undertake a thorough scrutiny of proposed departmental Budgets for the FY 2020/2 l toensure they are directed to creation of high impact capital projects and aligned to the realization of theGovernor's Five-point agenda and the National "Big Frn1r" plan. May I take this early opportunity torequest everyone to adhere to the issued deadlines fix the li11alization and delivery of the FY 2020/21budge.
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