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WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2019

The National Parliament of Solomon and UNDP hosted a week of budget analysis at the National Parliament Office last week which concluded this week on Tuesday, 19th November. UNDP has supported parliamentary activities across the world and the pacific by ensuring that good governance and legislative oversight are done in parliamentary democracy.

Mr. Heston Rence from the Committees Secretariat office of the National Parliament headed the Floating Budget Mission here in Honiara last week with the support of UNDP, a parliamentary specialist and four researchers from other parliaments in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga that came to assist the Parliament team develop an independent analysis of the 2020 National Budget.

The parliamentary team including the regional researchers successfully put together an analysis within a short period of time to deliver to the Members of Parliament and also to the Public Accounts Committee.

The program was officially closed last Friday with a Budget overview presentation to the Civil Society Organization. A second presentation for Members of Parliament was also held after the adjournment of Parliament on the 18th November.

The National Parliament Office is grateful to UNDP and other Pacific parliamentary researchers who provided support on improving parliamentary areas of oversight and also assisting through availing information that would benefit parliament members in making decision with regards to the national budget.

TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2019

The second meeting of the eleventh Parliament has adjourned to 25th November 2019.

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare moved a motion of special adjournment to allow Parliament to prepare for the Royal Highness visit next week.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Peter Kenilorea Jr said whilst the Royal visit is important the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also need time to look into the 2020 Appropriation Bill 2019, therefore supports the motion.

The Leader of the Independent Group, Hon. Robertson Galokale also supported the motion.

Chairman of PAC, Hon. Douglas Ete in his comments to the motion of special adjournment said PAC will need time to gather information and write a report on the inquiries, therefore, they will need at least two weeks to do this.

PAC now proceeds with inquires today 19th November 2019, beginning with consultations and queries with Central Bank of Solomon Islands, the Ministry of Planning for Development Coordination, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the Ministry of Forestry and Research and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The schedule of hearings showed that inquiries will last for a week and a half.

MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2019

The second meeting of the eleventh Parliament commences today the 18th of November 2019.

According to the Provisional Order Paper, two Bills will be brought before Parliament for the first and second readings this morning. The ‘2020 Appropriation Bill 2019’ and the ‘Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2019.’

The ‘Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2019’ will also go for the second reading.

And a motion to invite his Royal Highness onto the Parliament Dais is also expected to be moved by the Hon. Prime Minister.

The motion reads, “That Parliament invite His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales onto the Dais of this Chamber at 10:20 a.m. on Monday 25th November 2019, in order that His Royal Highness may deliver an address to Parliament.”

Parliament is expected to specially adjourn to the 25th of November 2019, thus a motion of special adjournment to be moved by the Prime Minister.

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