Myra Williams, clerk of the Nevis Island Assembly (file photo) 
Myra Williams, clerk of the Nevis Island Assembly (file photo)

Nevis Island Assembly to sit July 3

From the NIA

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Two bills and two resolutions are expected to come before the Nevis Island Assembly when it meets July 3. The sitting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Assembly’s Chambers, Hamilton House, on Samuel Hunkins Drive in Charlestown.

According to the Order Paper dated June 25 and circulated by the clerk of the Assembly, Myra Williams, the Honourable Mark Brantley, premier of Nevis and minister of finance, will move to have the second and third reading of the Tax Administration and Procedures (Amendment) Bill 2018. The object of the bill is to amend the Tax Administration and Procedures Ordinance, Chapter 6.11 (N) and for matters related or connected to it.

For the second bill that will go before the Assembly, the Hon. Eric Evelyn, minister of information and information services, will move the second and third reading of the Nevis Freedom of Information Bill 2018, which is designed to give members of the public a general right of access to official documents of public authorities, subject to limited exceptions and for related matters.

Regarding the two resolutions, one will seek to formalise the completion of the Land for Debt exercise with the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited. It is not new borrowing, but it will seek to formalise the existing EC$142 million debt already on the books. The other resolution will seek an overdraft facility at the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited with a limit not exceeding EC$5 million for the period not exceeding Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. It will provide bridging funds for the day-to-day operations of the Nevis Island Administration.

The sitting will commence with the formal entry of President of the Assembly the Hon. Farrell Smithen followed by prayers, a motion for the approval of the Order Paper as circulated and messages from her honor Marjorie Morton, deputy governor-general.

After announcements by the president, papers will be laid followed by statements from ministers, then personal explanations. The bills will have their second and third readings. That will be followed by the resolutions before the sitting is adjourned.

The sitting will be broadcast live on the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) official website (nia.gov.kn), Nevis Television (NTv) Channel 99, NevisTvOnline.com, NTv Go App, NTv Facebook Page and NTv YouTube Page.