Freedom of Information bill passes unanimously at Nevis Island Assembly sitting
From the NIA
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – The landmark Nevis Freedom of Information Bill 2018 and the Tax Administration and Procedures (Amendment) Bill 2018 after receiving their second and third readings, were passed at a sitting at the Nevis Island Assembly July 3.
The Nevis Freedom of Information Bill 2018, which was presented by the Hon. Eric Evelyn, minister of information and information services, was passed unanimously. It will give members of the public a general right to access information, held by pubic authorities upon written request with some stated exemptions.
The Tax Administration and Procedures (Amendment) Bill 2018, which was presented by the Hon. Mark Brantley, premier of Nevis and minister of finance, is an amendment to the Tax Administration and Procedures Ordinance, Chapter 6.11 (N).
Two resolutions were also passed at the Parliamentary sitting. One will formalise the completion of the Land for Debt exercise with the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited. It will formalise the existing EC$142 million debt already on the books.
The other dealt with an overdraft facility at the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited. It allows the NIA to borrow up to EC$5 million for the period not exceeding Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 and will provide bridging funds for the administration’s day-to-day operations.