“THE Minister for Finance and Treasury (MoFT) Harry Kuma says the government had released a total sum of $156 million savings to fund and implement the Solomon Islands Government COVID-19 preparedness and response plan.
“Kuma revealed the amount in his debate on the motion moves by the prime minister to approve the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) in the parliament yesterday.
“He explained that this was done in accordance with Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, section 16 (1).
“Under the regulation, the prime minister has the power to release the funds for public safety measures amidst the global pandemic which affects the country’s struggling economy.
“Kuma also told the parliament that the government had conducted a whole of government
“Despite the current unprecedented fiscal situation, Kuma assured the parliament that the government remains committed to maintaining fiscal stability and discipline.”
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