Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, announced that there will be a Sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday Aug. 10th, at Government headquarters (St. Kitts).
The Prime Minister made the announcement during his monthly press conference on Wednesday Aug. 2nd. Various bills including the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Bill, the Escrow Accounts Bill, and the Legal Profession Amendment Bill will be tabled at that the Sitting.
The PAC Bill outlines the necessary guidelines and procedures that will govern the Public Accounts Committee, to ensure transparency.
The Escrow Accounts Bill, the 2nd element of the good governance agenda will be debated, and if passed, will ensure the “strengthening of the accountability framework by all holders of Escrow Accounts.”
It is expected that this Bill will limit the misuse of funds by Escrow Agents and “establish the minimum standard by which all should adhere and provide consequences for non-compliance.” The bill will also help to maintain the country’s reputation and add to the restructuring of the country’s CBI Programme.
The Bills to be tabled also form part of the government’s good governance agenda.
The proceedings can be viewed on channel 5 in St. Kitts and channel 98, here on Nevis. Persons can also listen online at www.zizonline.com.