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Parliament is adjourned until 9:30 am on Wednesday 22 August 2018.  

Parliamentary Strengthening Project

 

TUESDAY 17TH JULY 2018

Speaker of Parliament – Mr Ajilon Nasiu responding on behalf of delegates to the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard - Speaker of NZ House of Representatives during the conference welcome reception.

The Speaker of Parliament Ajilon Nasiu presented a paper on Parliament self-development during the recent Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC) in early July 2018, Wellington, New Zealand.

The paper highlighted how the National Parliament of Solomon Islands had institutionalized ownership of its own development through the National Parliament strategic plan 2017 – 2021.

It focused on the internal processes setup to operationalize the strategy including challenges faced and lessons learnt.

“For me, one of my favorite aspects of our strategic process is the Management group meeting. The monthly meetings keep me informed on the activities happening at Parliament. This arrangement has brought together my Office, the Office of the Clerk and all departmental heads together on a monthly basis and I found these meetings meaningful, informative and strategic in its scope”, said Mr. Ajilon Nasiu.

Over 60 parliamentarians attended the one week conference, in which delegates presented conference papers on a range of topics including how parliaments can develop and change, the role of the Speaker; and security and stability.

Guest speakers at the conference included Former New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Rt. Hon Helen Clark, and Dr Gill Greer from the National Council of Women, NZ.

The annual conference is for Presiding Officers (Speakers) and Clerks from Parliaments from Australia and the Pacific region. The New Zealand House of Representatives hosted the 49th POCC from 8th to 13th July 2018. The National Parliament wishes to thank the Solomon Islands Government for enabling the Speaker and the Deputy Clerk to attend.

FRIDAY 13TH JULY 2018

The Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) will commence enquiries into four new Bills, starting with the Goods Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 today (Friday 13 July).

The Good Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 is an Act enacted by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to amend the Good Tax Act (Cap.122) in relation to the way the sale value of certain goods is calculated, and for other related purposes.

As stated in the Bill’s objects and reasons, there are strong concerns that persons registered for goods tax purposes are undervaluing goods at the wholesale level to pay less goods tax.

As a tax compliance measure, for goods imported into Solomon Islands, the sale value on which goods tax is applied will be set at an uplifted value to represent the mark-up at the wholesale level. The uplifted value is the customs value of the goods plus the amount of customs duty payable, all uplifted by 130%.

Currently the same uplifted value is used to charge goods tax on goods that are imported for home consumption by an unregistered person or a registered person who does not quote his certificate in respect of the entry.

The Commissioner of Taxation will still be responsible for the collection of Goods Tax from those registered for goods tax. Despite the proposed amendments to the sale value used to determine the goods tax payable on imported goods, the Commissioner will retain the power to determine and where necessary alter the sale value of the goods.

The Bill has 12 Clauses and witnesses that will appear before the BLC include, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, the Comptroller of Customs, the Legal Draftsperson, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce, Association of Clearance Agents, Chinese Association and Wholesalers Association.

BLC will also conduct hearings for another three new Bills in the coming weeks. These include the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) Bill 2018, Payment System Bill 2018 and the Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2018.

Meanwhile, Parliament meeting will resume on Wednesday next week, after its last adjournment on Monday, April 9, 2018.

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