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THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2019

The second meeting of the 11th Parliament adjourned sine die on the 18th day of December 2019."

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Patteson J. Oti in his remarks when concluding the motion of sine die said Parliament have deliberated on several issues and Bills over the Past two meetings and thanked Members of Parliament for their cooperation.

“In the last meeting, we have seen all members successfully took their oaths of allegiance to enable all to participate in the proceedings of Parliament. We also had the successful election of office holders, that being the deputy speaker and the Speaker. And also the opportunity to elect a new Governor General.”

However, Hon Oti said that it was unfortunate that the 11th Parliament lost one of its members for East Makira, but is pleased to welcome the member which the people of East Makira have recently chosen to represent them.

The newly elected MP for East Makira is Hon. Lily Maefai whom in her maiden speech in Parliament on Wednesday dedicated her win to her late husband and former MP for east Makira, Charles Maefai.

In the second meeting Parliament was privileged to have the opening of the meeting by the new Governor General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi.

Also Parliament had the opportunity to have His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales who graced Parliament with his presence and made an address to the house.

Hon. Oti wished all members and their families, staff of Parliament and the people of Solomon Islands a very merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year 2020.

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2019

Newly elected MP for East Makira, Hon. Lily Maefai taking her oath on the floor of Parliament.

The newly elected MP for East Makira constituency, Hon. Lily Maefai took her oath of allegiance in Parliament on Wednesday 18th December 2019, the final day of the second meeting of the 11th Parliament.

The meeting which ended with a debate on the motion of sine die saw Solomon Island’s third woman MP sworn into Parliament in order to participate in the proceedings of the House.

The Honourable Speaker of Parliament Hon. Patteson J. Oti welcomed Hon. Lily Maefai. Her win sets a new record for women’s representation in the 5o member house.

Since Solomon Islands gained independence 41 years ago, Hon. Lily is the fifth woman to be elected to Solomon Islands Parliament. The first women to be elected was Hilda Kari who represented North East Guadalcanal constituency in the 1980s.

The second was in 2012 where Vika Lusibaea won the North Malaita constituency seat in a by- election.

The other two women MPs are Hon. Freda Tuki Soriacomua representing Temotu Vatud constituency and Hon. Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada for Gizo - Kolombagara constituency.

TUESDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2019

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands now passed the, “Three billion, eight hundred seventeenth million, one hundred fifty- five thousand and seven hundred and two dollars ($3,817,155,702)”.

The issue of this amount from the consolidated fund is authorized to the service of the financial year ending 31st December 2020.

Total recurrent budget is two billion, nine hundred seventy eight million, eight hundred eighty eight thousand and fifty nine dollars ($2,978,888,059) whilst total Solomon Islands Government (SIG) funded development budget is six hundred twenty seven million, one hundred fifty four thousand, seven hundred and six dollars ($627,154,706).

Total budget support expenditure is two hundred and eleven million, one hundred and twelve thousand, nine hundred and thirty seven dollars ($211,112,937).

These make up the total appropriation funding of $3,817,155,702 for the 2020 financial year.

External budget support revenues are three hundred and seventy one million ($371,000,000). This is money that will be received from external sources.

So a total of 3.94 billion budget as $3.57 billion will be directly SIG funded expenditure and $371 million from external sources.

Debate on the motion of sine die moved by the Prime Minister today also commences and will continue in the next few days as we are counting down to Christmas Day.

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2019

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles delivered his address to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands on Monday the 25th of November.

In his address to Members of the House, he highlighted the need to give young people the skills and personal development training they need to lead productive fulfilling lives. Seventy percent of Solomon Islands population is age 30 and under.

Also, the need to tackle the increasing gender base violence on women for in order for the country to achieve full potential.

Alongside Solomon Islands Human capital is the precious natural environment and biodiversity of these Islands.

In this regard, he acknowledged the unique biodiversity and natural resources that the Solomon Islands possesses and highlighted the potential for bio based goods.

He said it is his dearest wish that the Solomon Islands might become a beacon in this region and across the commonwealth as a whole, showing how priceless natural capital can be harness sustainably to guarantee the prosperity and security of future generations.

His Royal Highness leaves at 5pm today, the 25th of November 2019.

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