22 Sep 2006

Solomons finance minister defends government decision to delay tabling 2007 budget

8:52 am on 22 September 2006

Finance Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has defended the government's decision to delay the tabling of the 2007 budget until next year.

He says public officers need to learn how to implement the government's new development programme policy.

Mr Ulufa'alu told the SIBC this will take some time and delay the budget.

He says the government will seek a resolution to authorise expenditure for the first four months of 2007 during next month's sitting of Parliament.