With the 2011/2012 budget presentation coming up, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has pledged a series of consultations with Dominicans before the financial statement is presented.
“Government ministries have already begun putting financial estimates together but there’s a need for other sectors and groups in Dominica to put forward their ideas and recommendations with respect to economic development,” Skerrit said.
Government has been accused of not engaging Dominicans enough in the decision making process, but Skerrit said his team has been making use of suggestions from the Dominican public in its budget presentations in the past and wants this fiscal year to be no different.
He pointed out, “The engagement of the wider Dominican public is very critical because there are people out there who have ideas and who have suggestions as to how best we can improve the economic and social fortunes of Dominica and persons who are genuinely concerned and interested in the development of Dominica would put forward their suggestions and ideas to the government for consideration.”
He said previous budgets have been done after consulting the public. “If you looked at the last several budgets that we’ve past in the parliament there have been many ideas that have been generated from our engagement with various groups,” Skerrit said.
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