It was during the National Assembly’ s sitting down this morning, after the leader of federal government business Charles de Commarmond introduced a motion to move that the Nationwide Assembly resolves to approve the particular supplementary estimates to regularize the particular expenditure of SR226, 533, 165 (Rupees Two hundred and twenty-six mil, five hundred and thirty – 3 thousand and one hundred and sixty-five only) in excess of approved budget for the entire year 2017.
After the set up moved into committee stage, chaired simply by Speaker Patrick Pillay, there were a number of interventions on the motion as well as the plan for STB specifically.
STB was represented before the assembly by chief executive Sherin Francis and the mouthpiece chief executive Jenifer Sinon.
Following requests from members just for clarifications in regards to the STB budget, the main secretary for finance and business Patrick Payet and Mrs. Francis gave detailed explanations.
Mr. Payet said the ancillary budget was presented to the set up just after the 2017 budget had been approved.
He additional that the two budgets were not accepted when it was first presented before the set up.
Discussions were after that held between the Ministry of Financial, Trade and Economic Planning, the particular Finance and Public Accounts Panel (FPAC) and STB.
FPAC recommended that the budgets for your tourism ministry and STB become added to the supplementary budget plus presented before the assembly.
One of the members who intervened had been Jean-Francois Ferrari, who is also a person in the FPAC.
“ It has always been our intention to have the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviators, Ports and Marine as well as STB good budgets, and give the people associated with Seychelles transparency on these two funds. Debating on these budgets had not been an easy task and indeed it was a difficult workout to be undertaken, ” he mentioned.
“ We congratulate STB for the work being performed to increase the figures and we wish that it will be a successful year for the tourism industry. ”
“ When tourism succeeds the country in general benefits. STB may count on the assembly to ensure that it will get what it needs to keep working hard with regard to Seychelles but we have to ensure that almost always there is transparency. ”
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