Assembly to vote to put off Vat start


The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2012 will be one of two bills to be debated in the National Assembly today.

The second bill, the Public Debt Management (Amendment) Bill, 2012, seeks to amend section 2 and introduce a new section 13A, the latter being to allow the minister to raise debts by the issue of bills and bonds for the exclusive use of monetary policy of the Central Bank.
Both bills will be presented by the Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment, Pierre Laporte.

The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, will be present for question time to answer eight questions.

This will be followed by an urgent question by the Leader of Government Business, Marie-Antoinette Rose on the threat of the increased crime rate to the Seychelles tourism industry.

The question will be answered jointly by Minister St Ange and the minister responsible for Home Affairs Joel Morgan.

The National Assembly will sum up its business for this week with a motion to be tabled by Ms Rose. The motion will, once again, address the issue of increased crime rate and it is calling on the judiciary to have a clear category of criminal offences whereby appeal for bail will not be allowable. This will ensure that victims of crimes are better protected and that we stop seeing situations where crimes are being repeatedly committed by the same person.