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DEPUTY SPEAKER PROPOSES ANOTHER PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE FOR 20 YEARS NDS

TUESDAY 1st AUGUST 2017

Deputy Speaker to National Parliament, Hon Andrew Manepora proposed that a Parliamentary Standing Committee be establish to oversee the implementation of the twenty year National Development Strategy (NDS) when debating the NDS in Parliament on Monday 31st July 2017.

He said, this is to keep governments in focus when preparing their budgets and to ensure that it reflects what is transpired in the document.

He said Members of Parliament and governments will change in 20 years’ time, but a Standing Committee will ensure that the document survives over time and will keep successive governments in focus to get the document implemented in its life’s span.
“That is why I proposed that having a Committee in Parliament to oversee the implementation of this document is very important, because governments may change but a Standing Committee will always remain here to oversee how we implement this document in line with government priorities, programmes and budgets.”

He adds that the committee can ensure that National fiscal and monetary policies are reviewed each year against budget allocations to ensure that broad-based economic development are enhance to facilitate growth in this economy.
Although Central Bank is doing monitoring of the monitory policy and Ministry of Finance is doing the fiscal policy, sometimes, the two are not well coordinated and do not go towards achieving the same goal.

“So having a Committee within Parliament to oversee that broad fiscal policy and monetary policy are harness together to achieve Broad Economic Growth so that it facilitate growth within the economy will form the basis for achieving the NDS,” Hon Manepora explained.

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands currently have ten Parliamentary Standing Select Committees.
Standing Select Committees are appointed under the Standing Orders. From time to time, a Standing Select Committee reports to Parliament on the issues and matters that it was assigned.

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