30 May 2019

UN agency provides Budget advice to MPs in Samoa

4:44 pm on 30 May 2019

The United Nations' Development Programme is assisting with the scrutiny and analysis of the national Budget in Samoa this week.

The programme's Floating Budget Office is made up of staff from Pacific parliaments who are working with local MPs to ensure there are sufficient resources to provide independent budget analysis.

The Deputy Team Leader, Nanise Saune-Qaloewai, said the group will review and summarise Samoa's Budget, so that MPs can have an informed debate in Parliament.

"What they do is they will review the budget, they will undertake research and then analysis of the Budget. And so, what they will produce is one - and overall brief and what is contained in the Budget, and then two - is a summary by sector, so you'll have very specific sector briefs," said Nanise Saune-Qaloewai.

Samoa's parliament

Samoa's parliament Photo: RNZ Pacific /Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia