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This week in the National Assembly | 31 March 2020

R10.4 billion proposed for amended 2020 budget

 

Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne will today present an amended budget for 2020 before the house at first and second reading, namely the Appropriation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The amended budget 2020 stands at ten billion four hundred and forty seven million one hundred and fifty one thousand five hundred and forty seven rupees (R10,447,151,547).

The sum was published in a supplement to the Official Gazette dated March 30, 2020.

Presenting the object and reasons for the amended budget, Attorney General Frank Ally writes that “the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the world has also significantly affected the Republic of Seychelles.

“Consequently it has become necessary to reconsider and revise the budget for 2020 to meet the exigencies and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic to the financial requirements of the Republic of Seychelles.

“Therefore, it is necessary to amend the Appropriation Act, 2020 (Act 1 of 2020).

“In view of the above, this Bill seeks to amend the Appropriation Act, 2020, to provide for the payment, out of the Consolidated Fund, of moneys required by the Budget for the year ending December 31, 2020,” writes Attorney General Ally.

Enacted by the President and the National Assembly, the act to amend the Appropriation Act, 2020 may be cited as the Appropriation (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The Appropriation Act, 2020 is amended by repealing section 2 and substituting therefore the following:

“The Minister for Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning, may by warrant under the hand of the Minister authorise the issue from the Consolidated Fund for the services of the Republic for the year 2020, of a sum not exceeding Ten Billion Four Hundred and Forty Seven Million One Hundred and Fifty One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Seven Rupees (R10,447,151,547) which sum shall be appropriated in accordance with the Schedule for the purposes specified therein.”

On December 6, 2019, members of the National Assembly approved the budget for 2020 proposed by government – a sum of R9,230,765,399 as amended after the sum of R61.323 milllion allocated for the Department of Information Technology and Communication (DICT) was removed from the original proposed budget of R9,292,088,262.

 

SCHEDULE

Allocation of Authorised Expenditure                                                                                                                    R'000

Office of the President                                                                                                                                               62,300

Office of the Designated Minister                                                                                                                                  9,516

Department of Legal Affairs                                                                                                                                      141,109

Department of Defence                                                                                                                                            322,740

Department of Public Administration                                                                                                                            21,885

Department of Information Technology and Communication                                                                                          57,658

Department of Blue Economy                                                                                                                                     83,327

Department of Information                                                                                                                                          3,699

Disaster and Risk Management                                                                                                                                     9,774     

The Judiciary                                                                                                                                                            99,179

The Legislature                                                                                                                                                         39,893

Office of the Ombudsman                                                                                                                                            3,112

Office of the Public Service Appeals Board                                                                                                                     1,183

Constitutional Appointments Authority                                                                                                                           1,850

Electoral Commission                                                                                                                                                  8,593

Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning                                                                                     137,322

Department of Foreign Affairs                                                                                                                                   108,712

Department of Police                                                                                                                                               532,813

Department of Prison                                                                                                                                                 80,457

Regional Maritime Security Bodies                                                                                                                                7,804

Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture                                                                                                                            18,012

Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development                                                                                           901,763

Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport                                                                                                 272,776

Department of Local Government                                                                                                                             148,389

         Ministry of Health                                                                                                                                             42,988

Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status                                                                                                  86,595

Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change                                                                                                   99,772

Department of Culture                                                                                                                                               90,714

Department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development                                                                                           3,713

Office of the Mayor of Victoria                                                                                                                                      4,065

Institute of Early Childhood Development                                                                                                                    17,077

Seychelles Licensing Authority                                                                                                                                    17,217

Fair Trading Commission                                                                                                                                            14,154

National Bureau of Statistics                                                                                                                                       15,108

Procurement Oversight Unit                                                                                                                                        13,540

Tax and Customs Agent Board Revenue Tribunal                                                                                                           1,497

Seychelles Investment Board                                                                                                                                       8,076

Public Enterprise Monitoring Commission                                                                                                                       7,448

Government Audit Committee                                                                                                                                         894

Financial Intelligence Unit                                                                                                                                           19,696

Seychelles Bureau of Standards                                                                                                                                 23,188

Seychelles Qualifications Authority                                                                                                                                6,971

Tertiary Education Commission                                                                                                                                    2,850

Seychelles Planning Authority                                                                                                                                     17,980

Seychelles Energy Commission                                                                                                                                    5,512

Public Officers' Ethics Commission                                                                                                                                2,886

Seychelles Media Commission                                                                                                                                      2,718

Health Care Agency                                                                                                                                              1,024,780

Industrial Estate Authority                                                                                                                                          11,534

Seychelles Nurses and Midwives Council                                                                                                                       1,506

Anti-Corruption Commission                                                                                                                                      17,074

Road Transport Commission                                                                                                                                      10,587

Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration                                                                                                                  10,056

Seychelles Meteorological Authority                                                                                                                            15,154

Seychelles Intelligence Service                                                                                                                                   12,587

The Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission                                                                                              11,319

Seychelles Tourism Board                                                                                                                                        141,042

National Institute of Technology, Science and Innovation                                                                                                5,469

Seychelles Land Transport Agency                                                                                                                            187,049

Seychelles Agricultural Agency                                                                                                                                   64,561

Enterprise Seychelles Agency                                                                                                                                     10,685

Agency for Social Protection                                                                                                                                       38,939

Agency for National Human Resources Development                                                                                                   169,084

Seychelles National Youth Council                                                                                                                               26,939

National Aids Council                                                                                                                                                   4,065

National Council for Children                                                                                                                                      13,938

National Council for the Elderly                                                                                                                                   11,310

National Council for the Disabled                                                                                                                                  3,551

National Sports Council                                                                                                                                             60,685

Social Workers Council                                                                                                                                                   659

National Arts Council                                                                                                                                                 11,025

National Botanical Gardens Foundation                                                                                                                        13,766

Creative Industry and National Events Agency                                                                                                             23,215

Creole Institute of Seychelles                                                                                                                                      6,107

Seychelles Heritage Foundation                                                                                                                                  11,065

Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation                                                                                                                        267,569

National Biosecurity Agency                                                                                                                                       28,089

Agency for Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation                                                                                               68,492

Other Wages and Salaries                                                                                                                                        233,680

Other Goods and Services                                                                                                                                        123,042

Social Programs of Central Government                                                                                                                 1,263,122

Subvention to Public Enterprises                                                                                                                               273,971

Benefits and Approved Programs of Agency for Social Protection                                                                              1,510,616

Others                                                                                                                                                                     34,936

Development Grants to Public Enterprises                                                                                                                 174,453

Contingency                                                                                                                                                            105,000

Tax Exemption                                                                                                                                                          20,000

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GRAND TOTAL                                                                                                                                         10,447,151.547

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