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Budget expenditure estimates amount to QR204.3 bn QNA Doha His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday issued law no 23 of 2021 approving the state''s general budget for the fiscal year 2022. The law is effective as of January 1, 2022 and shall be published in the Official Gazette. The total revenue estimates in the 2022 budget amount to QR196.0 billion, which represents an increase of 22.4 percent compared to the 2021 budget estimates. In a press statement on Tuesday, Minister of Finance HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said the general budget for 2022 was based on an average oil price of $55 a barrel due to the remarkable recovery in global energy prices, which still reflects the continued adoption of conservative estimates of revenues in order to maintain fiscal balance and limit the effects of oil price fluctuations on the performance of public finances. He added that the total planned expenses in the new budget rose by 4.9 percent from last year to reach QR204.3 billion during 2022, mainly due to the temporary increase in operational expenses related to the World Cup hosting activities, which include security and operating costs for all related events to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. He indicated that the expected deficit is estimated at QR8.3 billion, as the Ministry of Finance will work to cover it through available cash balances and issue of local and foreign debt instruments if the need arises. He explained that an amount of QR74 billion has been allocated for major projects out of the total expenditures of the general budget for 2022, as the state continues to complete public projects in accordance with pre-prepared plans and strategies. Infrastructure projects, the development of citizens'' lands, and public services development projects, including health and education, are given spending priority. The minister pointed out that the state continues to focus on the education and health sectors, as the education sector allocations are estimated at QR17.8 billion, representing 8.7 percent of total expenditures, part of which was allocated to the expansion and development of schools and educational institutions. An amount of QR20 billion has been allocated to the health sector, which represents 9.8 percent of total expenditures. It includes more development projects and programs in order to improve health care services.
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