A total of $1.4 million of the $13.95 million tala supplementary budget for the fiscal year 2022/2023, deliberated before Parliament under additional revenue, is from the Safety and Security Levy charged on airfare.
This is according to Minister of Finance, Mulipola Anarosa Ale Molioo during her speech explaining the supplemental budget. She said a total of $3.7 million from the Ministry for Customs and Revenue, are additional taxes created by the additional expenditures requested by Government Ministries under this First Supplementary; $1.5 million from the Ministry for Public Enterprises and its a top-up to the existing provision for dividends based on the initial assessment of financial performance of Public Bodies in the previous year.
According to the Minister, additional grants secured from our development partners after approval of the Main Estimates of $1,686,847 for projects to be implemented by various government agencies are also declared under this First Supplementary.
Also, an accumulated total of $7.73 million in existing provisions will be reallocated under this First Supplementary Budget 2022/2023 and are detailed as follows:
- $100,000 from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. These are savings from the payment of lease for communication poles where the Samoa National Broadband Highway have been affixed;
- $7,244,645 from the Ministry of Finance. These are savings created by reshuffling some of the Government’s development projects due to implementation rescheduling resulting therefore in the reduction in counterpart contributions as follows:
- $150,000 from the Petroleum Tank Farm Project. The savings from the counterpart provision for this project under the auspices of the OPEC is based on utilization to date compared to the remaining months of the current fiscal year;
- $100,000 from the Connectivity Project. With a closing date of December 31, 2022; savings in counterpart costs have been identified;
- $100,000 from the VAGST Component of the Samoa Parliamentary Complex Redevelopment Project. These are funds remaining from the allocation appropriated for VAGST pertaining to the project;
- $50,000 from the Land Transport Sector Development Program. Savings from this counterpart provision has been created from the rescheduling of some components into the new fiscal year 2023/2024;
- $3,000,000 from the ADB Central Cross Island Road Upgrade Project. Implementation rescheduling for this project has led to reduced utilization thus reducing the current fiscal year’s counterpart requirements;
- $150,000 from the Phase 2 of the Samoa Parliamentary Complex Redevelopment Project pertaining to the new Legislative Office. As the tendering process for this project is still ongoing, this portion of the counterpart provision will remain unused and has therefore been reshuffled;
- $3,300,000 from the Samoa Ports Development. Slow implementation of this project has resulted in these savings in the counterpart costs provision;
- $223,900 from the Government of Samoa’s AIIB Membership. Payment for the Government of Samoa’s membership to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has already been settled therefore no longer requiring this provision;
- $150,000 from the NUS Learning Facilities. As the tendering process for this project under the auspices of the JICA has only just begun, it is envisioned that these funds will not be required until the new fiscal year;
- $20,745 from Rents and Leases to the DBS. These funds were allocated for the Office of the Associate Minister of Finance at DBS, however his office has been relocated to the main Government Building, FMFMII therefore no longer requiring the provision.
- $188,233 from the Ministry for Justice, Courts and Administration. These are savings created by payperiods pertaining to vacant positions undergoing usual recruitment and selection;
- $200,000 from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. These funds were allocated for the maintenance and upkeep of the Friendship Park. However, oversight has been transferred to the Samoa Tourism Authority therefore no longer requiring the provision.