15 Nov 2003

Solomons budget yet to be tabled

10:13 am on 15 November 2003

The tabling in Parliament of the first Solomon Islands' Budget under the Regional Assistance Mission, or RAMSI, has been delayed.

The Finance Minister, Francis Zama, was expected to present the 2004 Budget to Parliament yesterday.

That hasn't happened, however, and an official says it's now hoped Mr Zama will present the document on Monday.

The official says the Budget's finished but being studied by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee before presentation to the Cabinet, and then Parliament.

RAMSI economic advisers have been helping prepare the Budget which will reorientate Solomons finances after massive overspending and multi-million dollar government blowouts.

Aid donors and others are awaiting what's widely seen as the ailing country's official road map for economic recovery.