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Parliament is adjourned until Wednesday 31st October 2018.  

Parliamentary Strengthening Project

 

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.

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY 2018

The National Parliament Office has conducted an induction program for Hon. Lanelle Tanangada MP, the newly elected Member of Parliament for Gizo Kolombangara who won the Bye-election on the 23rd May 2018. The induction for Hon. Lanelle Tanagada is of paramount important ahead of the meeting in July 18.

The two days induction program which started off yesterday (3rd July 2018) has been designed by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands for current and newly elected Members to understand greater public leadership, constitutional frameworks, parliamentary procedure, accountability and parliamentary oversight.

It also aims to raise awareness among participating Parliamentarians of key Parliamentary departments, services and facilities structures, functions and obligations in relation to leadership and accountability.

Speaker of the National Parliament Ajilon Nasiu congratulates and welcome Hon. Lanelle Tanagada in his brief remarks to officially open the induction program today.

“It is with great pleasure as Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands in the 10th Parliament to welcome you to this brief induction program”

”I would also like to congratulate you on being one of the two female MP’s in the current house, which is a first in our nation’s history” the Speaker assured Hon. Tanagada.

Speaker Nasiu told the newly elected MP that it is no small feat to represent her people in Parliament; therefore the induction program will help her understand and perform her role as a Member of Parliament.

“We all have important responsibilities and our nation expects us to act with commitment and integrity in fulfilling these responsibilities.” Mr. Nasiu reiterates.

The Speaker then wishes Hon. Tanagada that by the end of the two days induction program, she will increased her understanding of the system of Parliamentary democracy in Solomon Islands and what she can do to ensure Parliament operates effectively in the interests of her own community and the country as a whole.

The informational and participatory sessions and presentations on the core procedures and practical skills such as parliamentary scrutiny and practice are facilitated by Parliament staff (HOD) and local expert and former legal specialist Mr. Albert Kabui.

Hon. Lanelle Tanagada’s first session on Day 1 was with Mr. Albert Kabui on the Constitution and separation of Powers and then briefly wind-up day 1 session with Ms Jean Tema of the Procedure department on Legislature and Roles and functions of Parliament and Parliamentary Law and Practice.

The induction program will conclude today (Wednesday 4th July 2018)

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