Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, has called on the Government to correct its 'classification' of CBI Revenue in the national budget report.
"Now, is money from passports sales current Revenue or is it capital revenue" he questioned while presenting his rebuttal to the 2017/2018 budget.
According to him, classifying CBI Revenue as current revenue is false accounting. He says correcting this classification to capital revenue will change the entire financial picture of the budget.
Meanwhile, Linton is once again querying the Prime Minister's financial report as it relates to revenues generated through the CBI Program.
Linton is of the view that the Government is holding passport revenues outside of the consolidated fund. He cites irregular accounts of passport sale revenues in the budget reports from 2015 to present as the reason for his claims.
Government to review priority list in a bid to encourage study in areas critical to Dominica's development
The Government says it will undertake a review of the priority list used by the Ministry of Education and other institutions in a bid to encourage study in areas most critical to the country's development.
During his National Budget presentation, PM Skerrit applauded those who have taken the initiative to pursue studies in a range of disciplines but he says there is now need to refocus training on the specific expertise required to advance his Government's development agenda.
Meanwhile he says Government will also pay special attention to three areas within the Ministry of Education to include training in special needs and support for post graduate study.
Recognizing the need for skilled staff in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector, PM Skerrit says support will be provided for those wishing to pursue studies in those disciplines.
Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Lennox Linton has said that the party welcomes the construction of the indoor multi-sport facility to be located in Stockfarm.
He says however; the facility must function effectively to allow for the youth to prepare themselves for global competition. Linton gave his rebuttal to the 2017/2018 National Budget at parliament Friday.
Leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Lennox Linton
Last Wednesday, Cabinet said it had reviewed architectural drawings for the $40Million indoor sport facility.
DLP Senator Jahisiah Benoit has commended the prudent financial management of the country's funds by Dominica's PM & Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
Benoit was giving support to the supplementary estimates in the 2017/2018 national budget, which is being debated in Dominica's parliament from last week.
Last Thursday, Finance Minister Roosevelt Skerrit presented a budget address with estimates amounting to more than EC$854 Million of recurrent and capital expenditure for fiscal year 2017/2018.
Dominica Labour Party Senator Jahisiah Benoit
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Edward Registe said he was pleased that Agriculture was featured highly in the 2017/2018 budget.
Registe was speaking following the presentation of the 2017/2018 National Budget address last Thursday.
He says the Agriculture Sector continues to play a major role in Dominica's economy.
Meantime, Registe commended the Prime Minister for including opportunities for entrepreneurship in this year's budget.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Edward Registe.
Economist McCarthy Marie has said that he was not surprised with the recorded growth in Dominica's economy.
According to Finance Minister Skerrit, Dominica recorded a 2.8% growth in 2016, and pointed out that, projections by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank showed the economy will growth by 3.1% in 2017 and 2018.
Marie said the rebuilding efforts post TS Erika, contributed towards the growth in the economy.
He was speaking at the 5th Annual Post Budget Address panel discussion last Thursday evening.
Economist McCarthy Marie .
Employment Minister Ian Douglas has disclosed that some $11Million was spent on the National Employment Program last year.
Mr Douglas, in addressing the budget debate in Parliament on Friday, refuted claims that the NEP has done little to alleviate the plight of the unemployed on the island.
Employment Minister Ian Douglas.
President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin has called on the Dominican population to create a culture of peace.
Savarin was speaking at the 2017/2018 National Budget address last week.
He says individuals should seek to resolve their differences, without engaging in violent acts.
The President has called for a united approach to address the issue of de-risking of the region's banks.
President of Dominica H.E Charles Savarin.
The first rotation of the “Mission Milagro or Miracle Mission” Eye programme medical team has ended in Dominica.
The programme, which begun in Dominica in December 2016, in the first rotation, performed three hundred and eleven (311) surgeries on two hundred and nine (209) patients suffering from visual impairments, caused by cataract and pterygium [terry-gee-um], at the Operating Theatre of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Health Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux expressed his pleasure over the program’s success thus far, and the benefits to Dominican citizens.
Program’s Coordinator Director of Primary Health Care Services and Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Laura Esprit, says Rotation two is expected to begin in early August, 2017 and will end in November 2017. Three hundred and eight (308) pre –screened patients are expected to be seen from the remaining Health Districts of Marigot, Portsmouth and Grand Bay.
The agreement for the Mission Milagro” was signed between the Hon Minister for Health and Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, and Venezuelan Ambassador, His Excellency, Hayden Pirela Sanchez in January 2016
The economic advancements Dominica achieved under the tenure of the Dominica Freedom Party and the United Workers Party, is currently under threat.
Former IMF Economist Dr Thompson Fontaine says it is strange that the DLP Government continues to abandon what he calls, “The building Bloc of Dominica’s economy”- Agriculture.
Dr Fontaine added that the Government’s economic policies are lacking direction, and he blames Government for the social ills that are currently developing among Dominica’s Youth.
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