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State strengthens policies

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

THE Government is strengthening its policies on controlling municipal council assets.

This was revealed in Parliament by the Assistant Minister for Local Government, Lorna Eden, on Monday.

Mrs Eden said the ministry was mainstreaming international best practices into all its key elements of operations.

"A key exemplar is our governance strengthening exercise for municipal councils and a municipal asset management system being introduced to all councils," she said.

"This is also in response to our national government's heavy investment through technical and financial support towards developing multiple municipal assets.

"These assets have been built with a purpose to support urban services over its life span. Town council management systems will be strengthened to ensure that these assets are well protected, effectively utilised and the right returns generated, to sustain the upkeep, operation, and other commitments of these assets."

She said over the next few months, her office anticipated commencing necessary works in agreement with Cabinet.

"For the first time in our history, towns and cities have been recording assets which have been built to international standards for this purpose Municipal International Asset Management introduction is vital. As an aside Madam Speaker, Some municipal council asset registries, have tripled their records over the last four years."

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