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Suriname: No extra money is needed with an extension of a civil emergency

The extension of the civil emergency situation by another twelve months does not involve more money. The government has been allocated SRD 1.5 billion for the COVID-19 approach. The National Assembly (DNA) has not had a request to make more money available. On October 26, 2020, a transfer of SRD 250 million was made from the Central Bank of Suriname (CBvS) to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Of the SRD 250 million, a balance of SRD 183.5 million is left in the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Minister Armand Achaibersing of Finance and Planning told parliament. Achaibersing indicated that the college had received a financial report, in which everything was included up to and including 28 August 2020. The minister also submitted an overview of the expenditure incurred to Parliament. The overview runs until January 14.

The draft law amending the Civil Exceptional Situation Implementation Act was adopted unanimously after a marathon meeting on Saturday morning by 44 votes. The civil exceptional situation has been extended by twelve months and is valid until August 7, 2021.

The finance minister indicated that parliament has had the budget of the SRD 1.5 billion by presenting it itself on September 30, 2020 in DNA. He immediately added that he failed to leave a hard copy of this for parliament. “It has been projected,” he said.

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