GOV’T TO CONTROL REVENUE & EXPENDITURE IN 2016 BUDGET

The Court of Arms of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Court of Arms of Solomon Islands. Photo credit: SIBC.

As part of its strategy for the formulation of the 2017 budget, the Government will implement a number of revenue and expenditure control measures in spending the 2016 budget to ensure the current budget is balanced by the beginning of 2017 fiscal year.

The implementation of these measures will commence immediately.

The Minister of Finance and Treasury Snyder Rini announced the measures during the launching of the 2017 budget preparation process yesterday.

These measures include the improvement of expenditure quality through a better scrutiny of payment submissions against the intended purpose of appropriation, through enhanced compliance processes and procurement.

Reservations can also be made when a program or project bears the significant risk of unproductive, wasteful or improper spending and in the event when the responsible ministry does not have the capacity to implement the program.

The Minister also highlighted that reservations can also be made when there is potential for wasteful, extravagant and improper spending for operational and development purposes like Stationary and printing, Consultations, workshops and overseas travel that have no bearing on core functions and responsibilities of ministries.

The Government Communication Unit says the Ministry will strive to maintain SIG-funded spending within domestic revenue levels by ensuring that Contingency Warrants are approved only if Ministries identify allocations that can be saved and reserved within the existing budget, and to ensure adequate working capital for essential services and functions of Government continues.

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