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Howai also said he would remove CAL s
fuel subsidy from next month. The subsidy
has been a bone of contention with regional
states which deemed it an unfair advantage
Yesterday, Howai said CAL s new board
had completed the first phase of a revised
business plan for financial viability.
He added: "To this end, effective October
1, 2013, I propose to discontinue the fuel
subsidy which the airline currently enjoys.
The subsidy for the Tobago airbridge will
remain. I have been assured by CAL s board
the removal of the fuel subsidy will not
impact the ticket-pricing policy."
Howai also announced a motor vehicle
accident fund from January 1 to compensate
victims injured in accidents involving cars
driven by uninsured drivers
Saying National Security received more
this year, Howai said there were jobs for
those who wanted an honest day s work for
an honest day s pay and the recent crime
upsurge was created by those who "made
a deliberate life decision to reject society s
offerings and instead fall into a life of crime.
Government will, however, respond firmly,"
He questioned why a country of T&T s
small size and population should spend on
an average $5 billion annually on national
"T&T isn t at war with another state," he
noted. "Gone are the days when our youths
can use the excuse that the system is working
against them. [From those] to whom much
is given, much is expected," he said.
He detailed Government s anti-crime ini-
tiatives, including increased policing, joint
army-police patrols, reintroduction of high-
way patrols, increased police/SRP comple-
ments, border security, unmanned aerial
surveillance and improved law.
By August, he said, 873 CCTV cameras
had been installed in east Port-of-Spain
and other areas and Tobago.
Howai said Government was also pro-
ceeding with a food security plan with
Guyana for cultivation of 10,000 acres in
Berbice for agricultural production and a
subsequent 90,000 acres. T&T private-sec-
tor investment will be invited.
The Guyanese Government would be
asked to allow T&T investors to access
incentives available to Guyanese farmers
and to be allowed to repatriate profits, Howai
Howai detailed T&T s economic perform-
ance, which he lauded, adding T&T had
performed significantly better than most
Caribbean countries and many developed
He said, however, that some issues
remained, including building T&T s com-
petitiveness, economic diversification and
balancing of fiscal accounts.
Howai s second budget was pegged on
an oil price of US$80 a barrel
His two-hour presentation was inter-
rupted regularly during the latter part by
"picong" from the Opposition People s
National Movement (PNM), so much so the
Speaker cautioned MPs, singling out Marlene
McDonald for special warning.
Debate continues at 10 am on Friday with
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley s reply.
Point Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon, left, interacts with Cumuto/Manzanilla MP Collin
Partap, right, during yesterday's sitting of Parliament. Also in photo are Couva North MP
Ramona Ramdial, left, and Tobago East MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Other new items:
• National Oncology Centre: Construction
begins this month to be completed January
2016, costing $891 million.
• Completion/outfitting of the Government
• From November 1, only those private health
care institutions which meet best practice
provide dialysis at
• New shareholders'
agreement for CL
sale of assets of
• Extension of Port-
water taxi service
to three round
Consideration of a
• Increased penalties for illegal bunkering,
• Legislation from next year regulating
casinos, including a regulatory commission.
• Littering fines increased to $4,000 and up
to $8,000 for corporate bodies.
• Compassionate relief window to assist
urgent, needy HCU cases.
• Pedestrian walkover from MovieTowne to
Hasely Crawford Stadium; Chaguanas
• VMCOTT, National Helicopter Services Ltd,
NFM, Ltd Pt Lisas Development corporation
• Acceleration of two constitutional reform
issues: term limits for prime ministers and
the right to recall legislators.
• Procurement Bill being laid in Parliament
immediately after the budget; campaign
finance reform proposal for public comment
• Constituency Development Fund back on
the table via legislation with independent
watchdog and allocations planned once law
• New law next year to include the self-
employed in NIS system.
• First public private-public partnership under
IDB involving education and health centres.
• Agreement with China Harbour Engineering
Company for dry docking facilities.
• Physically disabled centres at Chaguanas,
Property tax back
in three phases
Where the $$ is going
• Expenditure: $61.3 billion.
• Total revenue: $55 billion.
• Capital programme: $8 billion, the
largest in history.
• Deficit: $6.3 billion.
• Oil revenue: $23.3 billion.
• Non-oil revenue: $32.6 billion.
• Heritage and Stabilisation Fund:
• Education: $9.8 billion.
• National Security: 6.4 billion.
• Health: $5.0 billion.
• Local Government: $2.4 billion.
• Social Development: $3.5 billion.
• Works: $2.4 billion.
• Housing: $2.7 billion.
• Transport: $2.3 billion.
• Agriculture: $1.3 billion.
• Tobago House of Assembly: $3.4
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