The Minister made this known in her opening remarks at a high-level roundtable on National Donor Coordination in Abuja on Wednesday which resulted in the decision to create a Donor Coordinating Unit.
A statement from the Finance Ministry signed by Special Adviser Media and Communication to the Minister, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Ahmed said: “The 2020 Budget preparation process is well underway and we intend to finalise and submit the 2020 appropriation bill to the National Assembly by the end of this month.”
Speaking on donor agencies in the country, the Minister stated that it was important to capture their planned and ongoing programmes.
Ahmed said the “first step towards ensuring that your donor programmes are aligned with our strategic priorities and are in turn reflected in our upcoming national budget, we will hold meetings in the next few days to better understand your ongoing and planned programmes.”
She added that at “this consultative meeting, a set of guidelines will be provided to support submission of your cost short to medium term plans, broken down annually.
“This process will ensure that we consider on-going and planned aid interventions when making our 2020 budgetary allocations, and that said interventions are reflected in the Appropriation Bill.”