$4.2 Million Allocated To Provincial Budgets In Vanuatu

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Shefa local government receives bulk of distribution

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 10, 2013) – About Vt391 million [US$4.2 million] is the budget estimate for the six provincial government councils of the country this year. All the provincial governments have approved balanced Recurrent Budget Estimates for 2013.

Shefa Provincial Government Council with its headquarters in Port Vila, and covers Efate and its offshore islands, Tongoa and the Shepherd Islands and Epi has the highest recurrent budget estimates totaling Vt108,164,112 [US$1.2 million].

Torba Provincial government headquartered at Sola on Vanualava, comprising the Banks and Torres Groups has the smaller of all the budget estimates of Vt42,353,667 [US$458,870].

Penama Province covering Pentecost, Ambae and Maewo with its seat of government at Saramata, Ambae has a 2013 recurrent budget estimates totaling Vt58,690,072 [US$635,862].

Malampa provincial government council based at Lakatoro, Malekula and also covers, Ambrym and Paama has budgeted Vt68,060,907 [US$737,388] for 2013. Sanma Provincial Government encompassing Santo, Malo and Aore with its headquarters in Luganville will spend Vt66,968,090 [US$725,548].

And Tafea Provincial council with its offices at Isangel on Tanna and also covers Tafea outer islands has approved Vt46,710,667 [US$506,074] as its recurrent budget estimate for 2013.

The overall total recurrent budget estimate for the six provincial government councils is Vt390,957,515 [US$4,235,730].

Director of the Department of Local Authorities (DLA) which has overall responsibility for the provincial government council and municipal council affairs, Cheryl Ala, who gave the figures, says this year’s Local Authorities Forum towards the end of February will plan how to meet the requirements of the budget estimates.

Ala explained that the Local Authorities’ Forum which used to be the SG’s Forum was changed to accommodate the recent amendments to the Decentralization Act CAP 230, making Secretary Generals of Provinces and Clerks of Municipal Councils public servants of Central Government will also involve town clerks and mayors of municipalities.

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