SLP applauds government’s agenda for economic growth and fiscal sustainability

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SLP applauds government’s agenda for economic growth and fiscal sustainability

The Saint Lucia Labour Party applauds Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony on the delivery of his Government’s 2013-2014 Budget, which articulates appropriately a national Agenda for Economic Growth and Fiscal Sustainability.

According to the SLP, all St. Lucians recognize that we live in most challenging times and that the options for growth and development are severely limited. The SLP believes that it is at such times that tough decisions must be taken by government to secure the future of our country.

In the view of the Labour Party the 2013 -2014 Budget is a clear reflection of government’s desire to efficiently manage the business of the country for the benefit of all, and not to be sidetracked by the likes of Allan Chastanet who seems determined to create the illusion that all is well in the world.

The SLP is particularly pleased with government’s continuing commitment to the poor and less fortunate among us as demonstrated in measures such as: increases in allowances for the poor and indigent; increases in personal deductible allowance for personal income tax; increase of property tax threshold from $100,000 to $200,000; expansion of the PROUD programme to new areas of the country to help the landless become land owners; and the creation of a special allowance for parents of differently abled children to help them cope with the challenges associated with such circumstances.

In the view of the SLP, the proposed measures to spur and sustain economic growth are realistic and achievable in the current environment.

The measures in that regard are far reaching and extend to some of the key sectors of the economy, among them: a revised tourism incentive act to assist existing tourism business, and to encourage new investment in the sector; the introduction of a marketing strategy to attract visitors from the Latin American market, extending as far as Brazil; a fiscal incentive act to benefit the export and productive sector; transformation of Vieux Fort into a University Town with appropriate incentives to encourage injection of capital into the southern region; construction of a southern Administration complex which will bring much needed government services closer to the people in that region while creating new opportunities for employment; and the introduction this year of laptops to Form 4 students to be followed next year by laptops to Form 1 students.

The SLP also points to the expressed determination to cut wastage: installation of GPS monitoring of government vehicles and the introduction of LED Street lights are only two of the examples.

The SLP plans to take the discussion on the budget to constituencies around the country.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. won't these who promised better days, now they using semantics to say that they said things were tough lol, it seems they mixed up better for beggar

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  2. SLP is full of shit! Self praise is no praise! How can a gov't cut spending and encourage growth? How idiotic is that? Growth is what will boost employment and GDP! What a stupid bunch of ministers starting from the PM running our country!

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  3. This is a very stupid statement. If the SLP don't agree with Kenny who else will?
    Given the the nature of such a gloomy budget,I agree with the SLP for wanting to put their best shine on things.

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    • Why don't you all nink and poops just shut your filthy snouts if you have nothing constructive to say. All you people do is ney and brey.

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      • If what I had to say is not constructive then explain to me what is? The SLP is like a drowning man catching at straws. Sacway Sa Honte!

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    • I have seen worst things written on this blog but you all took out the fourth one. You all are so bias in your things.

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