Fiji Time: 3:24 AM on Thursday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

State fails to collect revenue

Geraldine Panapasa
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GOVERNMENT'S 2006 financial and appropriation statements highlighted a number of discrepancies, including the State's failure to obtain approval from Parliament for the over expenditures of $9.9million it incurred in 2006.

According to the financial statements ending December 31, 2006, which was published on the Ministry of Finance website, the audit opinion also drew attention to the failure of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority, ministries and departments to collect revenue totalling $237.2million due to government.

It also highlighted the lack of satisfactory explanations for the increase in unpresented cheques from $51.9m in 2005 to $60.5m in 2006, and an unsubstantiated adjustment of $59.5m in the consolidated fund statement of receipts and payments as a "prior years' adjustments".

"Economic growth in 2006 was provisionally estimated at 3.6 per cent. On the fiscal front, the provisional underlying net fiscal deficit for 2006 was estimated at $184.7m or 3.8 per cent of gross domestic product, lower than the 4 per cent of GDP announced in the 2006 Budget," the 2006 financial statement highlighted.

With the $28m worth of asset sales realised in 2006, the provisional net deficit was estimated at 3.2 per cent of GDP.

In terms of public debt, the financial statement said government's 2006 estimated debt level was $2696.1m, equivalent to 53 per cent of GDP.

It said actual 2006 revenue receipts totalled more than $1.401billion with operating revenue accounting for about $1.329b and the remainder of about $71.41million representing capital revenue receipts.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Budget overspent
  2. $20m in excess
  3. $11.9m in arrears
  4. Military overspends
  5. Finance scrutiny
  6. Woman dies, defacto partner in custody
  7. No spending ledger maintained
  8. Poor control of permit database
  9. Anomalies in books
  10. Financial boost for hospital's oncology unit

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  5. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  6. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  8. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)
  9. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  10. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)