Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, is eager to have projects and programs contained in the 2013-2014 national budget implemented in the shortest possible time.
He told parliament on Tuesday evening that he wants to see things happening by the beginning of next week.
“I want to see things happening as early as Monday morning,” Skerrit told parliament on Tuesday evening. “The projects in the constituencies, we must begin them. By Monday morning people must start seeing the benefits of this budget, Madame Speaker.”
The prime minister stated that some of the resources are available and he called on his ministers to get the programs going. “So minister for constituency empowerment, we have to get the list going,” he stated. “Housing, get the list going and minister employment we have to get the apprenticeship program going, the employment program going, the small business support going. The minister of finance shall make the resources available for this things to happen and we must make them happen and happen now.”
Concerning the medical equipment government plans to buy for the Princess Magaret Hospital, Skerrit said they must be made available in the shortest possible time. “We must ensure the medical equipment we spoke about does not take a year and 14 months to come to Dominica, it has to made available in quick time,” he noted.
The prime minister pointed out that ways must be found to make sure the people of Dominica benefit from the budget. “We have to use extraordinary ways to ensure that the program and policies articulate here meet the people of Dominica and they benefit from it in a timely fashion,” he said
The $474.7-million budget was approved by parliament on Tuesday evening.
Parliament was adjourned sine die or “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing”.