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Parliamentary Sitting Summary October 2016

Parliamentary Sitting Summary October 2016

18th OCTOBER 2016

The Assembly commenced its October sitting on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at 9:00am. The following summary provides an overview of business which was put before the Assembly as well as Members who participated in debates and various issues which were raised in regards to particular Bills.

5 Annual Reports were tabled in accordance with Standing Order 49 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Finance, Samoa Bureau of Statistics Office, Land Transport Authority and Samoa Land Corporation.
1 Report was tabled for the Pacific Commonwealth Mentoring Programme in New Zealand which was attended by MP FAAULUSAU Rosa Duffy-Stowers, Member for Gagaifomauga No.3.
8 Parliamentary Papers were tabled which included; Notice of commencement of the Fisheries Management Act 2016; Statement of Corporate Objectives 2017-2020 of the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa; Statement of Corporate Objectives 2017-2020 of the Electric Power Corporation; Totalisator Agency Board Financial Statement for the FY 2015; Ministry of Finance Corporate Plan 2016-2020; Corporate Objectives 2017-2020 of the Unit Trust of Samoa; Samoa Post Office Statement of Corporate Objectives 2017-2020; and Samoa Qualifications Authority Statement of Corporate Objectives 2017-2020.

10 Parliamentary Committee Reports were tabled in accordance with Standing Order 52(5); these reports included 6 from the Infrastructure Sector Committee; 3 from the Standing Orders, Electoral, Petitions and Constitutional Offices Committee; and 1 from the Economic Sector Committee

A total of 4 bills were introduced in the Assembly. 3 bills were under certificate of urgency while 1 bill was referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee

Overview of Bills considered by the Assembly:

The Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2016 was first and second read on the same day upon an approved motion by the Hon Prime Minister;

Members who spoke on the Bill were:

Hon SILI Epa Tuioti, Minister for Finance and Member for Faasaleleaga No.1 East;
OLO Fiti Afoa Vaai, Member for Salega East;
Hon TUILAEPA Fatialofa Lupesoliai Aiono Neioti Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Member for Lepa (HRPP);
Hon FONOTOE Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, Member for Anoamaa Sisifo;
FAUMUINA Asi Pauli Wayne Fong, Member for Urban West;
LEALAILEPULE Rimoni Aiafi, Member for Faleata East; and
AUMUA Isaia Lameko, Member for Falealili West.

Issues raised by Members included:

1. Review the National Revenue Board membership and functions;
2. the amount of fees and charges to be standardised and reasonably set;
3. decrease the costs of customs and portal fees at the Matautu wharf; and
4. to ensure the dignity of the Ao o le Malo is respected, thus removing his authorisation on such fees and charges as it should be left to the Minister and Ministry.

In addition to the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2016, 3 bills were introduced under certificate of urgency. A summary is provided of the members who spoke on each bill and the various issues which were raised.

FOUNDATIONS BILL 2016
Members who spoke on the Bill included:

Hon. SILI Epa Tuioti, Minister for Finance, Member for Faasaleleaga No.1 East
OLO Fiti Afoa Vaai, Member for Salega East
FUIMAONO Teo Samuelu Teo, Member for Falealili East
FONOTOE Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, Member for Anoamaa West
LOPAOO Natanielu Mua, Member for Vaisigano No. 2
TOOMATA Aki Tuipea, Member for Salega West

Issues raised by Members included:

1. Seeking new methods, ways and ideas to create revenue within Samoa;
2. Implement stringent policies to monitor and protect Samoa from money launderers and frauds;
3. enhance community developments through youth and sporting sponsorships;
4. expand its assistance to include funds for students tertiary scholarship programs;

2. TRUSTS AMENDMENT BILL 2016
After the Minister of Finance, Hon. SILI Epa Tuioti spoke to clarify the bill, no Members raised any issues on the Bill.

3. INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AND LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AMENDMENT BILL 2016
After the Minister of Finance spoke to clarify the bill, no Members raised any issues on the Bill.

The following Bills were considered in detail:

1. Foundations Bill 2016
2. Trusts Amendment Bill 2016
3. International Partnership and Limited Partnership Amendment Bill 2016

The following Bills were third read:

1. Foundations Bill 2016
2. Trusts Amendment Bill 2016
3. International Partnership and Limited Partnership Amendment Bill 2016

The Hon. Prime Minister moved a motion for the adjournment of proceedings until Tuesday 20 December 2016, at 9:00am as scheduled in Parliament’s sitting calendar 2016; the motion was approved and proceedings of the Legislative Assembly were adjourned.

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