The 2015/2016 Budget is set for Friday 24th July, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said and matters such as agriculture, tourism and job creation will be highlighted.
He said in an interview with state-owned DBS radio that the government’s social program will continue and the construction of a new hospital will be featured in the budget estimates.
“Every country continues to grapple with serious challenges, no country has been immune to the 2008 financial crisis,” he said. “But there are certain important matters which we have to carry through as a country in terms of the infrastructure, the economy and job creation, things like the abattoir and the operationalization of the abattoir. So these are critical areas that we have to continue to focus on as we move forward into a new financial year.”
According to him, attention will be placed on, “our own individual responsibility to ourselves and to our country.”
“It’s important for us to send a message to each one of us, if we want the country to get to a particular point in time, then we have to make a contribution to that endeavor…” he said.
He also called on the Dominican public to take on certain responsibilities and to make a greater contribution to the development of themselves and the country.
Skerrit reiterated that the government will continue its social programs.
“The social programs will continue, we believe that they are still needed,” he noted. “Tt is an important measure or decision or policy to help address issues of poverty. They are very important in assisting us in achieving our millennium development goals.”
Skerrit continued, “We have to invest both in the social infrastructure and also the physical infrastructure, so we continue to place efforts in the social programs to reach out to those who cannot take care of themselves.”
He mentioned also that the government will be increasing the amount of money that are allocated for students or people studying overseas or at Universities.
Skerrit noted further that the much talked-about new Princess Margaret Hospital will also be featured in the estimates.