year, Focus tracks the implementation of the key issues and policies
identified in previous Budget Speeches.
last year’s list, including the policy issues and targets identified in
the 2001 Budget, remains largely untouched. We review these under two
headings – repeats and forgotten.
following are unfinished policy issues from last year which are repeated
in the 2002 Budget:
a Tax Reform Study;
legislation on bankable property rights;
new Procurement legislation and establishing a new Procurement supervisory
the Civil Service;
Bringing a new semi-autonomous Deeds Registry into
institutional framework for trade and investment facilitation;
a Commissioner of Insurance and support staff to enforce legal framework;
the rice, sugar and bauxite industries in order to enhance
their viability, their ability to compete internationally and their net
contribution to society; and
the economic base for the purpose of stimulating investment into new
products and services in order to reduce the country’s dependence on the
traditional production centers.
year issues which seem to have been forgotten are:
from core civil service 1,000 security guards;
Appointing a Director of Civil Aviation;
Working with local and international banks to
provide pre- and post-shipment financing and other related services to the
Improving the welfare of Amerindians by developing
market networks in the Caribbean for Amerindian art and craft;
Launching of a Youth Employment Programme;
Supporting distressed companies - the only concerted
effort has been with respect to small operations in the rice sector; and
an NGO Co-ordination Unit.
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growing list of policies abandoned along the way and/or not executed
raises serious questions about the co-ordinating function and executing
capabilities of the several Ministries of Government.
years ago, it was announced that a leading advisor to the President when
he was the substantive Finance Minister was being transferred to the
Office of the President with specific responsibility to monitor the
implementation of policies. Perhaps this task should be assigned to a
there is a clear imperative for civil service reform, it would be
meaningless if this did not have as one of its objectives the reduction in
the number of ministries. How can a small country as ours afford two
Ministers of Local Government, a Minister of Foreign Trade and a Minister
with responsibility for Parliamentary Affairs?
seems that considerably more work has to be done to make Go-Invest a
one-stop shop rather than just another layer of bureaucracy slowing up the
work of the Ministries of Tourism and Finance.
meaningful restructuring of the rice industry can take place without
measures to address the financial difficulties facing the large operators
in the industry. The assistance of the small farmers while welcome does
not solve the problem of the industry or the bankers. It is a systemic
problem warranting an inclusive solution.