Monday 30 November, 2020

Nevis Island Administration finalising 2021 budget

Premier Mark Brantley

Premier Mark Brantley

In just over a month’s time, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) will present its budget for the 2021 fiscal year and premier Mark Brantley said budget estimates are in their final stages of preparation.

Brantley, who also holds the position of Minister of Finance in the NIA, said the budget will focus on critical sectors.

“We will try to be as innovative as we can. We will try to save as much as we can in the areas that we can. Our primary commitment, in this budget, will be to our public servants to ensure that they continue to be paid; to our critical sectors such as Health and Education,” Brantley stated.

“And I think that those who, for example, have been clamouring for their road to be fixed, and they want better roads and that kind of thing. I think that those are the items that we will, perhaps, put a hold on.”

Brantley said that Nevis’ earning has dropped by EC$21million due to the COVID-19 pandemic but he noted the NIA did not fire staff.

The budget is due to be present in the Nevis Island Assembly during the first week of December.

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