WESTERN PROVINCE PASSED ALMOST $30 MILLION BUDGET
The Western Provincial Assembly has passed a budget of nearly 30 million dollars for services in the Province for the next twelve months.
A statement today said the budget which was tabled in front of the first full Assembly meeting in Gizo yesterday.
Speaking at the tabling of the budget, Provincial Finance Minister, Lester Saomasi said the budget has been designed to allow both Provincial Members and Government departments to collectively facilitate the service delivery in the Province.
Minister Saomasi says Western Province anticipates collecting about 28 percent of revenue of the total estimate from business and other internal sources, while the remaining seventy two percent is expected to be paid by the Central Government.
The Provincial Finance Minister also highlighted the Government infrastructure and facilities as key priority sectors in the budget to generate economic growth, good governance, and responsible leadership for the Province.