Sunday 29 November, 2020

Saba increases support for local private sector

Photo:iStock/mtcurado

Photo:iStock/mtcurado

The Government of Saba has increased support measures for the local private sector, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the global economy.

The new measures by the Executive Council are in addition to relief measures that were approved by the Dutch Council of Ministers on Friday, June 19.

The Government said “the measures of The Hague do not fully encompass all private losses and in all sectors, the Public Entity Saba considered it important to provide assistance where it can.”

Commissioner of Finance Bruce Zagers explained that the Public Entity decided to draft and approve this local relief package because it is important that the government assists all sectors in the Saba community.

“This crisis is affecting all of us and since the support package doesn’t cover all sectors and private losses, government decided to assist where it can. We must support each other where we can in this crisis,” said Zagers.

Businesses renting from the Government may also receive a waiver for the period April 1 to June 30, 2020. Landlords renting to medical students will also receive assistance. Authorities are also looking at waiving the fees for business licenses, restaurant licenses and liquor licenses for the same period.

The Government is also conducting a survey on empty apartments that are normally rented to medical students. Apartment owners are asked to submit information on empty apartments with proof that these apartments were rented to medical students to info@sabagov.nl.

The apartment owners are asked to submit this information within two weeks.

The deadline for the submissions is July 3.

Vulnerable groups in Saba will also continue to receive food vouchers.

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