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TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST 2020

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has resolved in its deliberative meeting on Monday 3rd August 2020 to commence tomorrow, Wednesday 5th August ,the inquiry proper into the 2019 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 and the 2020 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020.

Both bills were presented to the Office of the Speaker of the National Parliament at 4pm on Friday 31st July 2020. This was confirmed by the Director of the Committee Secretariat Mr. Gregory Fineanganofo.

Mr Fineanganofo says the PAC will also meet with the Auditor General today to brief and advice the Committee further on the budget documents, stakeholders and the hearing schedule.

According to the Director, the hearing is scheduled for Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th August 2020. This means the hearing will run throughout the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), however, expected changes to the schedule still stand.

The PAC, like other Parliamentary Standing Committees, are mini Parliaments mandated by the Constitution and the Parliamentary Standing Order to oversee the management of public funds, government actions and decisions. The task of the PAC at hand is to consider in detail the supplementary appropriation bills prepared by the Government.

Stakeholders or witnesses invited to appear before the PAC include all Government ministries, Constitutional Offices like the Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Auditor General, Office of the Governor General, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Solomon Islands Electoral Office, National Judiciary and financial institution like the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI).

TUESDAY 28TH JULY 2020

The 3rd meeting of the 11th Parliament resumes on Monday the 27th of July 2020 to consider the motion to approve another State of Public Emergency for another 4 months.

The previous State of Public Emergency approved by Parliament expired on the 24th of July 2020, thus, His Excellency the Governor General declared on the 24th of July 2020 a new State of Public Emergency in Solomon Islands, pursuant to Section 16 subsection 3 of the Constitution.

Debate on the motion is expected to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and if this motion is approved by Parliament, the State of Public Emergency shall continue in force until the expiration of 4 months, or unless revoked by a resolution of Parliament. The State of Public Emergency will allow government to make orders for the fight against the global COVID 19 pandemic.

Solomon Islands is still among 12 countries in the world that are yet to record any cases of COVID 19.

After dealing with the motion on the State of Public Emergency, Parliament will go on a special adjournment to allow the Public Accounts Committee to review 2 Supplementary Appropriation Bills before resuming on Wednesday 12th of August 2020.

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