PALAU LEGISLATURE OPENS TO BUSY AGENDA

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Jan. 13) – The 7th Olbiil Era Kelulau – Palau’s legislature - will open its first regular session today tackling bills that require immediate attention, including the Constitutional Convention and the Uniform Compensation measure.

Senate President Surangel Whipps said the upper house agenda also includes revisiting the Registration of Japanese Corporation, long term tourist visa measure and the budget for 2005.

House Vice Speaker Okada Techitong told Horizon that the House would be tackling bills on the ConCon, Compensation measure for lawmakers and the budget bill and other pending issues that need to be revisited such as Foreign Investment Board bill and the Corporate Law.

"We will tackle immediate issues that need to be dealt with," he said.

The registration of Japanese Corporation measure would allow Japanese corporations to be given with tax holiday or incentives to invest in the country.

Techitong said that yesterday the lawmakers had a joint meeting with President Remengesau and his cabinet.

"The president is trying to ask for their full attention," Techitong said.

Whipps for his part said that the Senate will be more productive since lawmakers would be paid according to attendance of session.

Whipps also noted that the Senate would also give full attention to the selection of members to the Constitutional Convention which is needed to be convened by May.

January 13, 2005

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