Govt to discuss budget and state of public emergency

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GOVERNMENT will discuss a re-direction and come up with a resolution to spend money until the expiry of four months since the 2019 budget is not ready.

It will also deliberate on whether to extend the State of Public Emergency for the next four months when it ends on November 25.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare moved a special adjournment motion in Parliament yesterday to move the sitting to Thursday, November 19, 2020 in order to allow the government to deliberate on both issues.

Opposition Leader, Mathew Wale supported the motion moved by the Prime Minister.

However, Wale decided to raise some issues in order for the Government to provide answers and details when Parliament resumes in the next sitting.

He asked the government to provide list of the Economic Stimulus Package and explain why some Members of Parliament received more than $600,000 than other MPs.

Further to that, Wale asked for Government to explain the cash flow problem in the Treasury and performance of the economy in this trying time.

“The house should be informed on the number of jobs lost due to covid 19, noting the jobs lost that are not covid-19 related, new jobs created, or projected to be created, by the various government interventions through ESP and projects, especially the Pacific Games construction projects,” he said.

He said government will see how the information will be presented in Parliament when discussing the resolution here.

However, Sogavare said jobs creation is very important in any economy and country which government will try to address.