Senate: Finance, Settlement, Food Safety Bills Tabled

Four bills were on November 20, 2018 tabled before the Senate for consideration. This was during a plenary sitting chaired by the Senior Deputy Speaker of the House, Aboubakary Abdoulaye in the presence of the Vice Prime Minister, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Relations with the Assembly, Amadou Ali. There are bills No. 107/ PJL/ SEN/2, 111/ PJL/ SEN/2L and 112/ PJL/SEN/2L and 113/ PJL/ SEN/2L forwarded to the Senate on November 16, 2018 by the Speaker of the National Assembly after adoption by the said House according to Article 30 of the Constitution. Bill No. 107/PJL/SEN/2L seeks to authiorise the President of the Republic to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, adopted on October 2013 in Japan. The objective of this Convention is to protect human health from the devastating effects of the so-called Minamata disease which slows down child development at an early stage and causes toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems. The ratification of this Convention will therefore enable the government to strengthen its legal arsenal to more effectively combat environmental pollution and protect the population from exposure to mercury. The second bill submitted for scrutiny, which is No. 111/ PJL/ SEN/2L is a framework bill on food safety. The bill establishes the principles and bases for regulating food products, feed for animals intended for human consumption and food supplements in order to ensure a high level of consumer life, health protection and environmental soundness. Meanwhile, bill No. 112 /PJL/ SEN/2L is the Settlement bill of the Republic of Cameroon for the 2017 financial year. The bill, prepared pursuant to Sections 20, 21 and 22 of Law No. 2018/12 of July 11, 2018 seeks to establish the final amount of revenue and expenditure executed under the State budget for the 2017 fi nancial year. It indicates that the State Budget for the said year adopted in revenue and expenditure FCFA 4, 373, 800, 000, 000. Senators will equally study bill No.113/PJL/SEN/2L which is the Finance bill of the Republic of Cameroon for the 2019 financial year.

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