Cabinet demands $10 million from A.C.C.

Cabinet has directed the Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C.) to cough up $10 million for the 2020-2021 Budget to be announced in May.

The directive was made in a Cabinet paper signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo.

Among other orders to different Government Ministries is the directive to A.C.C.

“The Accident Compensation Corporation is ordered to allocate $10 million to assist with financing of the budget for Financial Year 2020-2021,” a translation of the Cabinet FK reads.

A.C.C. funds are collected from levies paid by employers and employees, intended to cover work-related accidents.

The order from Cabinet was further confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Finance, Leasiosiofaasisina Oscar Malielegaoi.

He said the Government has reached out to A.C.C. and other Government bodies due to the drop in revenues collected from taxation.

“The Samoa International Finance Authority (S.I.F.A.) contributed $15 million tala to the current financial year budget and we will call on S.I.F.A. to again provide capital assistance for the [new] budget,” he said.

“The A.C.C. has also been called to provide $10 million for assistance.”

The C.E.O. said there has been a drop in revenue collected by the Ministry of Customs and Revenue. He could not provide a figure or discuss how much it has dropped by.

“As you know the less the volume of imports, the less revenue,” he said.

“This is the same with the fuel; there is limited transportation due to the limited of people moving around.

 “And due to the low utilization and minimal of activities, the pool of taxpayers have also shrunk, the less revenue collected.

“This is where our partners such as S.I.F.A. will assist to cover financing caps for government.”

The budget for F.Y. 2019-2020 was $913.6 million.

Asked for more details, Leasiosio said: “The contents cannot be revealed. Like always we cannot disclose the details, it will be announced officially on the last week of May.”

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