Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Parliament continues budget debate

Parliament continues budget debate
13 Jun

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds says the state of statutory entities in Barbados is going to have to change.

Speaking during the budget debate in the Lower House, the St. James Central MP says while the former DLP administration had promised since last December to start the process of reforms at state owned enterprises, it never actually got underway.

New St James South MP, Sandra Husbands described the mini-budget outlined by Prime Minister Mia Mottley as bitter sweet.

She says one of the positives is that the measures are applied in such a way that everyone in Barbados will help to bear the burden of economic recovery.

The minister, in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, says an important aspect of the budget gives small business people especially, the room to waive tax interest and penalties and make re-payment arrangements that are suitable to them.

Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, does not agree with suggestions that leaders of the trade union movement have betrayed Barbadians with their agreement to a five per cent wage increase for one year.

The St. Peter Member of Parliament made the comment in his contribution to the budget debate.

He believes it is contemptuous and unkind to attack the trade union leaders in such a way, given the economic challenges that Barbados must now overcome.

Youth and Community Empowerment Minister, Adrian Forde is looking forward to policies that will impact the youth.

Signaling his support for the measures outlined in Monday's mini-budget, Mr Forde has pledged to use the resources of his office to tap into the talents of young people across Barbados.

He fully supports the pledge that young entrepreneurs will be encouraged to bid for projects, like pavilions and resource centres, that are valued under $250 thousand dollars.

That's one of the ways the Christ Church West Central MP says the blocks will be empowered.

And he already has a project in its early stages that will help to make this a reality.

Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr. William Duguid has described the budget presented by Prime Minister Mia Mottley as one of corrective measures.

According to the Christ Church West MP, the new BLP administration must set about fixing all the damage to the economy that was left by the former Democratic Labour Party administration.