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831 Billion Budget Jamaica, 73 Billion Lost This Year. 11.3 percent of Annual Revenue.

Photo of Finance Minister Hon. Nigel Clarke


February 22, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

The Finance Minister has announced that the Government is projected to spend approximately 831 Billions for fiscal year 2021-2022.  The Minister was tabling his estimates of expenditures for Fiscal year 2021-2022.

The 73 Billion Lost this calenda year

Which is approximately 11.3 percent of Annual Revenue tells quite a story.  This COVID assault has really devasted our and other national economies.  But too many e I o jez can withstand such a shock and. It send itz leaders to the International Monitory Fund (IMF) for assistance.

60 Billion Rescue Package

The Central Bank profit of some (60) six billion dollars is a blessing in disguise. Under the Bank of Jamaica Act (BOJ) the government has the legislative power to raid their surplus.  This allows the government to avoid raising any new taxes to fund the budget. Oh clever Mr. Finance Minister.

This will be used to buy some two million doses of vaccine. This will give 60 percent of our estimated population of 3 million with free vaccines. This will be enough to cause hurd immunity to occur.

This happened despite an independent Central Bank. Bank of Jamaica Governor Richard Byles has said:

The Jamaican economy is showing signs of recovery despite the onslaught of the Coronavirus.

Commentary

Despite the Covid virus we are keeping our heads above water. Most of us cannot swim. Diaspora has been remitting funds above 2019 level. We have some $3 billion

dollars in reserves.

Capital expenditures will be dealt with when the debate on the estimates are held in a few weeks from now in parliament. Finance Minister Hon. Nigel Clarke will present. Opposition Leader Hon. Mark Golding will respond then the PM Andrew Holness. Nigel Clarke will close the debate.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is veteran journalist with International exposure. 

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