$7m MACFest preparation
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 22 June 2018
“The 6th Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MAFCEST) 2018 preparation is on the right track as the committee is working under a very tight budget of $7 million sourced from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
“Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the MACFest chair Andrew Nihopara told the local media on Thursday that the available budget at their discretion has been executed so far was sourced from the Ministry’s budget.
“All the costing, bill of quantities in terms of hosting and putting in necessary infrastructures we try to accommodate within in that SBD$7 million,” Mr Nihopara said.
“But noting that this event and festival at this magnitude would incur other unforeseen costs and those are costs that we will accommodate under a supplementary budget submission to the government through our Minister to secure that supplementary,” Mr Nihopara said.
“He added that they are already the discussion is happening with the Cabinet and minister of finance.
“Mr Nihopara also said that other main line ministries will also contribute towards this event.
“We are looking at another total of SBD$3 million from other government ministries to support this festival,” Mr Nihopara added.”
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