Veke to bring Revenue Sharing Scheme Bill to Parliament

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Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Anthony Veke speaking in Parliament recently. PHOTO BY PARLIAMENT MEDIA.

By EDDIE OSIFELO

Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Anthony Veke speaking in Parliament recently. PHOTO BY PARLIAMENT MEDIA.

THE Revenue Sharing Scheme (RSS) Bill is expected to come before Parliament for consideration.

Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Anthony Veke confirmed this during his contribution on the debate on Speech of the Throne delivered by Governor General in Parliament recently.

He said a lot of work has already been made on the bill.

“I tabled the revenue sharing report in cabinet in the first week of August for cabinet blessing.

“This is to allow the drafting team in Attorney General Chambers to proceed in the finalisation of RSS Bill,” he said.

Veke said the adoption of RSS bill shall address the issue of revenue sharing between the two levels of government.

“I have observed that our governance system is mostly top down with little and no participation of communities in major decision making processes.

“This gradually alienates the citizens that elected us to represent them,” he said.

Veke said the RSS Bill hopes to give some sorts of fiscal autonomy to the provincial governments that will lead and allow a more participatory governance system in the Solomon Islands.

Parliament has adjourned to Monday, August 26.