PM Skerrit to present $854-Million National Budget

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit is scheduled to present a Budget Statement on Thursday amounting to more than EC$854 million in recurrent and capital expenditure for 2017/2018.

This is an increase of EC$173 million over 2016/2017.

In the 2017/2018 National Budget, recurrent expenditure will realize an increase of more than EC$137 million while capital expenditure will realize an increase of more than EC$36 million.

The Prime Minister will, in his Budget Statement, provide an explanation for the increases and decreases in allocations as well as provide some important performance indicators.

The contribution by revenue generated from the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) will no doubt feature very prominently in the annual policy speech.

Attached is the Appropriation Act for the upcoming sitting of the House of Assembly.

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55 Comments

  1. Long Lost Dominica
    July 27, 2017

    ok ok ok! Forget about the budget for a 2nd… did anybody ( Laborites) ever go over de manifesto (book of lies) from 2014? its 2 years and a half now is any of those things done? Nope! so why praise this over a lame budget…

  2. Truth Be Told
    July 27, 2017

    Does the budget presentation specify sources of income? It would be interesting to see which part of the Dominican economy is generating the greatest part of the EC$854 million, and what percentages are foreign loans, grants and other sources of government revenue? Just asking? We always focus on the expenditure but I never hear much debate about revenue generation or potential sources of income….

    • Rara
      July 27, 2017

      very very good point!

  3. The Rock
    July 27, 2017

    All those saying Skerrit must go doesn’t even know the difference between a sheep and a donkey! most of you will be dead or old by the time he goes. so wait for him to go that will be in 2037!

  4. Scampy
    July 27, 2017

    It is rumoured that PM, the Hon. Dr. Skerrit, Knight Commander of the Order of Lots of Good Stuff, went to his doctor with the complaint that he was worried about one of his ministers was convinced that he was a chicken (not the PM, the minister :)).

    The doctor responded: ”Sir, Hon. Dr. Skerrit, it seems that your minister is deranged. But we can fix that with a spell of detention in a safe place whilst he recovers”. The Hon. Dr. Skerrit responded: ”So how long will all of that take?”. The doctor said: ”About a month I guess”. Dr. Skerrit responded: ”That won’t work!!!”. “Why?” , said the doctor, to which the Hon. Dr. skerrit responded: ”You see, I really need the eggs!!”.

    Dr. Skerrit MUST go! NOW!!

  5. Patriotic
    July 26, 2017

    We need to include the international airport in this budget.

  6. Patriotic
    July 26, 2017

    Please put some aside for the international airport.

  7. Doc Love
    July 26, 2017

    The presentation of a budget by Skeritt is a waste of time. This is only a constitutional requirement. That is the only constitutional requirements he follows and not to the fullest order. He goes to the parliament and he reads some figures and plans he has for the nation for the coming year. Approximately six months later, he goes back to the parliament and tell us he has over spent, therefore he wants parliament to ok what he has over spent. In the meantime, million of dollars for another account relating to CBI are spent during that same cycle. It is in the same country the money is being spent, it is the same government and the same things money approved for the budget is being used for, no mention is being made in the budget before or after, so, like a said, the presentation of the budget is only a constitutional requirement.

  8. JOE
    July 26, 2017

    I hope Lennox ready to rebut because as soon as PM finiosh present he must come back in the evening to present, let’s see how ready he is!!!!!!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 27, 2017

      Joe, are you stupid, or something?

      Why should someone be prepared to rebut what when even you an idiot do not know in detail what Roosevelt will be presenting?

      Sometimes it would be better if idiots like you simply shut up, just wait and see the outcome!

  9. Zor Sot
    July 26, 2017

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!! thanks God for CBS and Linton, it is only because of them that the national budget is this big…. there is no hiding the amount of money that CBI has been racking in for the years gone…. and we the general public was none-the-wiser, praying the the gov could work with these silly little budgets every year.

    I have to say this is pure wickedness eh…. you mean to tell me this leap from 173 million to almost a 854 million aint telling that someone really screwed up with this administration….

    every dog has its day eh…let me sit an wait for Skerrit and his boys day to reach…

    • Tet La
      July 26, 2017

      Its and increase by 173 million. not a leap from 173 million.

      • The Rock
        July 27, 2017

        same thing i saying that person is just a moron.

    • DA girl
      July 27, 2017

      You sound so ignorant. You more sot. Read the article again. It is an increase of 173 million zorzor not an increase from 173 million.

  10. Tjebe fort
    July 26, 2017

    I think Matt owes DNO royalties because he does not do his own research but picks a topic from DNO and invites comments. It is DNO that gives him the feeds, what would he do without DNO? That is damn lazy. Right now he wants comments on the item published here by DNO and you get people like the predictable Robinson from the U.S.A. prattling on with his whiny sound. Shame on you Matt. You bringing down the quality of broadcasting on Q95. I did not always agree with Angelo but I prefer him. At least he gave us original information that was meaty and he was always vibrant. I have turned off my radio now, because Kairi not much better. So much mediocrity in our country these days.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 26, 2017

      Are you implying that Matt did not hear about this on TV or another radio station or read it in the newspaper?

  11. Just 4 Laughs
    July 26, 2017

    PM Skerrit to present $854-Million National Budget of which$852-Millions will come from Passport sales with diplomatic ones going for more than 2/3 of the $852-million.
    You go BS-ter!
    You are the best buffoon from Statehood to today 2017.

  12. Not a herd follower
    July 26, 2017

    I am not impressed by the number. Dominica does not have the capacity to absorb $854 million in one year. That amount won’t be spent in the financial year. My estimation is that $400-$500 million will actually be spent, approximately 40 per cent of which will be spent on the wage bill.

  13. St Lucia
    July 26, 2017

    Dominica Not Producing Nothing … Where are they Getting all that Money ? ???wow … I’m looking at some Data there it shows Dominica Has the Lowest Export rate in the Caricom ..SMH …

    • Me
      July 26, 2017

      That is one of the performance highlights the P.M.will merntion tomorrow but don’t hold your breath!

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 26, 2017

      Some of us gave and also lent some of the millions to the PM. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      If you want some we will gladly send it to you.

    • Truth Be Told
      July 27, 2017

      Good observation and very good questions that Dominicans are not interested in!

  14. July 26, 2017

    They stopped talking about the international airport,i hope the international airport is included in this budget

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 26, 2017

      Probably with that amount of money. If not, do not be disappointed. I am certain some nationals/programs will benefit from it. Think positive.

  15. July 26, 2017

    The stopped talking about international airport, I hope the international airport is included in this budget.

  16. The Portsmouth Station
    July 26, 2017

    Another budget of more lies, deception, and false pretenses, and nothing that offers hope to the people of Dominica. No wonder they ran for ID and security to prevent us the people from coming to hear them. I do hope for the sake of DOMINICA, madam speaker does not allow Skerrit to hide behind her skirt to answer questions like: 1. What he knows anything about emails we see online between CBI director Emanuel Nanthan and then wanted fugitive and our diplomat, Amiereza Monfared 2. We saw the name of our PN several times in those emails,as well as that of other members of his cabinet as well as his attorney and other friends of the DlP; was it by mistake or by design 3. We also saw receipts of monies transferred from Monfared into the accounts of friends of the government, so much so that Nanthan advised Monfared against transferring to the Portsmouth Service Station and instead, send it to the account of the PM’s attorney, who is a member of the election commission. Can the PM tell us

  17. LifeandDeath
    July 26, 2017

    All dem extras is to buy more Votes..and Why Carib Affairs Ministry so meager? What is to expect really, more than more of the same mediocrity..?
    Why did they sneak in the Airport tax before the budget, on even children? Why did the man raise the Road License by $100+, just like that..?
    Gasson, there is not enough effort put into developing and marketing Dominica’s unique resources..Dominica by now should be in a prime position to export water cheapest to the rest of CARICOM, and we should indeed be selling at least 50% of all Agri Produce in the OECS..
    Another Budget, every year it’s higher and still nothing changes..

    • google
      July 26, 2017

      Remember Athie have a whole river for himself.LOL

  18. Reall!!!!!
    July 26, 2017

    Three questions.
    1. How much has the Economy grown in 2016/17?

    2. Does this justify a 25% increase in the new Dominica budget 2017/18?

    3. What is our National debt?

    • Dublanc Girl
      July 26, 2017

      The most sensible comment thus far on this thread. Most folks on here are Partisan ( biased) and are not smart enough to ask the right questions. Well done
      .
      Finally someone commented below that $ec854m was a large sum and couldn’t be sustained by a small island like Dominica.
      I’m sure the PM will provide a snapshot of the group budgets ( departments) in his statement, clearly illustrating where the sums totalling that amount will be spent ( budgeted)

      A lot of financial promises were made by government to local communities, so one expects large outlays in that department

    • July 28, 2017
      • July 28, 2017

        Sadly, not enough for economic empowerment, maybe also a lack of ideas / projects with a real disruptive power :) D45 / D 46 MORE plz :)

    • July 28, 2017

      Sadly not enough for D45 / D46 where the real sustainable economic empowerment could and should come. Maybe a lack of ambitious projects ? :) If so and is someone read me AND even more, could reach those Ministers in charge of that, let me know and let’s work on it :)

  19. jihan
    July 26, 2017

    Budget and yet so many are unempoyed,once a government has its citizens begging to pay every day bills and meals is pure communism,The swam will be drained one day Skerrit,you wont be in power forever.

    • DA girl
      July 27, 2017

      Um..no he won’t. Nobody stays in power forever. He did say this is his last term. so…

  20. sitter
    July 26, 2017

    lord bless me with some money please

  21. Ibo France
    July 26, 2017

    Every budget presentation the PM paints a most utopian picture about the economy, and the monumental relief it would bring to the poor and destitute. But every year like clockwork, the people’s hopes are dashed by the economic and financial hardships that they have to experience daily. His budgets are usually replete with factual errors. No one should be optimistic about this budget as the previous thirteen have brought only disappointment and misery for the majority of the populace. Using the CBI funds to try to beef up the economy is unsustainable. Only his sheep-like supporters would approve of his abysmal performance thus far.

    • LifeandDeath
      July 26, 2017

      You said it best!!

  22. Malgraysa
    July 26, 2017

    The Associated Press reports that in the closing arguments of the case against the holder of a Dominican diplomatic passport , the prosecution submitted in New York yesterday, 25 July that the accused, Ng Lap Seng, paid millions in dollars in bribes between 2010-2015 and to two U/N. Ambassadors in particular.
    I look forward to the public disclosure of the e-mail and bank records, mentioned by the prosecution court. I somehow doubt this affair will ever get a hearing in our honorable House.

    • July 26, 2017

      I guess you are hoping and wishing that the diplomats will be Dominicans.

      • Anonymous
        July 26, 2017

        According to the government CBI unit own information people that acquire a Dominican passport are citizens for ever with all the rights that locally born citizens have. They can even vote in our election and become Prime Minister. You ever consider that?

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      July 26, 2017

      All some of you think of and state is evil and wishing evil; discouragement not encouragement. What have you done for Dominica and also plan to do in the future to enhance it? Dominica does not need all these critics. Who do you help in Dominica?

  23. derp
    July 26, 2017

    imo Ministry of Finance and Office of the Prime Minster is the same thing look at that huge figure though, hmm more funds for red clinic

    • July 26, 2017

      More money to help people.like you too dressing I. Red to come for your share too dam hypocrite

  24. Lord help dem
    July 26, 2017

    Yes, more money to do Good work.

    • Mo-CBI Mo-Money
      July 26, 2017

      CBI money on FLEEK!!! Pass it! At least the passport good for something right? Just now everyone will be millionaires like some of our ministers.

    • %
      July 26, 2017

      Good work like having you to climb a Red Clinic step? Why couldn’t you ask for employment creation?
      Do you know the unemployment rate of island? Why is it a well kept secret? Well anecdotal evidence is that it is extremely high.. An evil regime will prefer people like you to beg than to provide the environment to have you employed.
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO
      SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

      • July 26, 2017

        Why don’t you stop blaming pm and his ministers get on your. Behind go work there is work out there LAZY

  25. %
    July 26, 2017

    I am waiting on the presentation to make a more detailed contribution, but if I have to go by past budgets I can categorically say that I have NO CONFIDENCE that this budget will improve the quality of life of the poor.
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

    • July 26, 2017

      Why can’t you make your contribution now? Any contribution you make will always come to the same conclusion that Skeritt must go.

      • %
        July 26, 2017

        Thanks for reading the contribution Anon.
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

      • Anonymous
        July 26, 2017

        Whatever you say Skerrit must go one day. Not even he has eternal life, Amen.

    • cream
      July 26, 2017

      U will get old age saying dat, while skeritt still there,,uwp no time soon

  26. ANTIGUAN
    July 26, 2017

    madness beyond control

  27. papa
    July 26, 2017

    Do the maths well

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