“ Rebuilding Together: Securing a Prosperous Nation ,” is the theme Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Corporate Governance, the Honourable Gaston has chosen for the country’s 2018 Budget Statement presented to Parliament on Thursday.
“I report today, on an economy that continues to grow, continues to create jobs and continues to offer a better future for the good of all our people: making Antigua and Barbuda better for good. Our economy is set on a path to a new and brighter future in which our nation can overcome challenges and grasp opportunities, particularly for our young,” the Prime Minister stated
The country’s leader also outlined that Budget 2018 is about investing in the nation’s future and providing the necessities required for the development of the twin island nation. “It is about ensuring that our people are provided with the services to which they are rightfully entitled – water, electricity, roads, housing, employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, and protection from crime and violence. It is about empowering all within our society not only to uplift themselves, but also to uplift our country. It is about encouraging our business community, who make their profits here, to continue to bloom and flourish. It is about creating a prosperous economy and a safe environment where everyone can shine, regardless of creed, colour or class,” he noted
The country’s leader is expected to spend at least two hours detailing his government’s stabilization and growth of the economy over the past year and measures that will further boost employment and development.