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PAC ENQUIRES INTO 2016 FINAL BUDGET OUTCOME REPORT

MONDAY 14TH JULY 2017

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) commences its inquiry into the 2016 Final Budget Outcome (FBO) report as of Tuesday the 11th July and is expected to spill over next week at the National Parliament Conference room.

This is part of PAC’s planned inquiries into tabled reports from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) and Office of the Auditor General (OAG).

PAC Chairman, Hon. Rick Hou, stated that the 2016 FBO report has already been tabled by the Minister of Finance and Treasury thus his Committee under section 62 of the Constitution and under orders 69 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders exercises its oversight role to look into the management of appropriated funds.

Besides considering the Recurrent Estimates and the Development Budget as required, the Public Accounts Committee have taken initiatives to conduct Inquiries on Tabled Papers; in particular Solomon Islands Government Financial Audit Report produced by the Office of the Auditor General.

One of the key responsibilities of the Public Accounts Committee is to examine the public accounts prescribed by Section 38 of the Finance and Audit Act 1978 (and Section 77 of the Public Financial Management Act 2013), together with the report of the Auditor General. The PAC can also summon any public officer to give information on any explanation or to produce any records or documents which the committee requests.

The PAC wishes to exercise financial scrutiny on the 2016 Final Budget Outcome report in light of Sections 52 (1) (a) (b) of the Public Finance Management Act 2013.

“I only wish to remind all of us to be truthful and provide constructive remarks, nor defamation for the cause of this Inquiry,” said the Chairman.

“Not adhering to these instructions and Committee expectations, is a contempt to the Committee and Parliamentary privileges,” he added.

Ministries that have already appeared before the committee since the start of inquiry on Tuesday this week include the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Ministry of Mines Energy and rural electrification, Ministry of Forestry and Research, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Ministry of Communications and Aviation and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Other remaining Ministries will follow suit in the coming days.

The recorded sessions of the inquiry will be later broadcasted over SIBC.

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