|Government’s Charter for Governance delineates the way forward|
|Monday, 18 June 2012 08:53|
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie said the government’s Charter for Governance delineates the way forward to a brighter future for the Bahamian people, and also represents the government’s covenant with the citizens of the country During his Contribution to the Budget Debate the Prime Minister on June 13 said, “The Charter offers Bahamians a clear vision and action plan that are tailored to bring about the necessary changes in our economy and society that will bring immediate and medium term relief to our citizens.
“We will steadfastly be guided by the vision that was pledged in the Charter as we work long and hard to execute the mandate which we have been entrusted.” He said to ensure that the government honours its commitment to hit the ground running, and deliver immediate relief to counteract the pain that is felt by the citizens, it set out a specific targeted 14 point action plan for the first 100 days in office.
“We have been upfront and honest with the people that we will not pursue change by simply spending more money. Meaningful and sustainable change requires a multi-faceted response taking into consideration all aspects of the economy. The 2012/13 Budget Communication is clear on this point,” Prime Minister Christie said.“My government is firmly committed to fiscal prudence and the return of the fiscal accounts to more sustainable levels.” He explained that the government’s main objective in this area is at a minimum to balance the Current Accounts of Expenditure and Revenue. “We acknowledge that we will need to seek flexible, innovative and fiscally responsible approaches as we implement our visionary agenda.”
The Prime Minister also noted that the government faced an extreme time constraint in preparing the 2012/13 Budget, which had to be presented some three weeks after the election. “We discovered that the previous administration had left us with a fiscal situation or near term prospects that were far worst than we reasonably could have expected.” “In finalising the 2012/13 Budget, my government had very little discretionary room to manoeuvre,” he said.“I believe that the 2012/13 Budget Communication nevertheless, represents a solid start on our programme and clearly sets out our immediate areas of priority.” Prime Minister Christie said in the period ahead, the government will continue to access the progress made and further initiatives will be developed. These will be presented at the 2012/13 Mid-Year Budget Statement in early 2013. He also explained that besides the concrete policy measures contained in the Budget, a special $15 million fund has been established to allow the government to finance the prompt implementation of key charter initiatives.
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