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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has presented
a $5.6 billion budget estimate for the fiscal year 2014/2015.
Under the theme, "Keeping Faith with the People s Man-
date, Protecting Tobago s Heritage", the presentation included
overall recurrent estimates of $3.13 billion, an increase of
$163.86 million over the fiscal 2014 request to the Central
Government and $1.31 billion over last year s revised esti-
Finance Secretary Joel Jack, who presented his second
THA budget yesterday at the assembly, said the package
• Personnel expenditure---$848.74 million.
• Goods and services---$1.07 billion.
• Minor equipment purchases---$102.39 million.
• Transfers and subsidies---$1,11 billion.
He also noted that 2015 estimates for development pro-
grammes totalled $2.55 billion, an increase of $638.87
million over the 2013/2014 request.
• Pre-investment---$25 million.
• Productive sectors---$6.35 million.
• Economic infrastructure---$884.27 million.
• Social infrastructure---$1.15 billion.
• Multi-sectoral and other services $481.73 million.
Jack said: "One noticeable difference in our development
estimate for fiscal 2015 is the sizeable increase in the request
for pre-investment studies.
"This year s budget estimates will reflect a provision of
$25 million, an increase of $24 million from last year s
total to facilitate pre-investment studies for new projects
"These studies will cater for the following projects: Fea-
sibility for port location, marine development in Tobago,
wastewater treatment for southwest Tobago, downstream
options for the Studley Park Quarry and surveys for coastal
Jack said the Development Programme Estimates for
2014/2015 would cater for a massive improvement in phys-
ical infrastructure on the island.
The bulk of the $7 million
additional funds requested from
Cabinet by the Attorney General
was to pay outstanding legal
fees owed to UK solicitor
Charles Russell, LLP, for serv-
ices dating as far back as 2003.
This was disclosed yesterday
by Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan during a media brief-
ing at his office at St Vincent
Ramlogan said the Ministry of
the Attorney General sought
additional funding in the sum of
The sum owed, Ramlogan said,
amounted to $5,689,616.81. He
said $63,179.22 was the only sum
incurred under his tenure.
"Cabinet was advised that
Charles Russell has made
numerous requests to the Min-
istry of the Attorney General for
payment of outstanding bills
going back to the year 2003
amounting to $5,754,838," he
In relation to the costs asso-
ciated with the three-member
investigative team which exam-
ined the death of baby Simeon
Cottle at the Mount Hope
Women s Hospital on March 1,
Ramlogan said, a total of
$835,299.48 was paid, well with-
in the $1.5 million budgeted.
Foreign Affairs Minister and
former leader of the Congress of
the People (COP) Winston Dook-
eran says he endorsed the party s
chairman Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan for the position of party
leader because she "can t be
Speaking at a press conference
at COP s Flagship House, Wood-
brook, yesterday, he said Seeper-
sad-Bachan had shown a steadfast
commitment to her party and to a
higher level of politics.
Denying he had given a similar
endorsement to current COP leader
Prakash Ramadhar, Dookeran, the
founder of the party, said he had
supported all the candidates in the
party s previous internal elections
in different ways.
He said, however, now was the
time for Seepersad-Bachan to lead
the party, as he described her as a
team player who was in no way
The COP internal election will
take place on Sunday and Seeper-
sad-Bachan, the Minister of Public
Administration, will contest the
post of leader against Ramadhar,
Culture Minister Dr Lincoln Dou-
glas and Rufus Foster.
"You are not looking at someone
who is self-serving or hungry for
power but someone who has
demonstrated that her purpose in
politics is higher. She has demon-
strated that she is fit to hold political
office," Dookeran said.
He also announced that he would
also be working with Seepersad-
Bachan to make COP a home for
the younger generations.
He acknowledged that the COP
had lost ground.
"Time has passed, the road has
been rough but we have persisted.
Today we are a mere shadow of
the expectation and the energy that
people had placed in us," he added.
Former finance minister Selby
Wilson also endorsed Seepersad-
Bachan yesterday, agreeing that
under the leadership of Ramadhar
the COP had lost its way.
"The COP in 2007 espoused cer-
tain values and principles which
we adhered to but over the last four
years those principles have not been
adhered to sufficiently," Wilson
He said the party had lost the
reputation for knowing right from
"We need to do something dif-
ferent and change leadership. The
presence of the COP must be felt
in the coalition," he added.
He said the COP had failed to
convince the population that its
MPs were the moral compass in
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Finance Secretary Joel Jack
• Milford Coastal Protection
Programme: $18 million.
• To build sea defence walls:
• Major improvement work on
secondary roads: $53 million.
• Windward Road: $15 million.
• Road Resurfacing
Programme: $35 million.
• Plymouth/Arnos Vale Road:
• Milford Road upgrade: $20
HIGHLIGHTS OF OVERALL
• $463.1 million for transfers to
Tobago Regional Health
• $330 million for continued
support of the Airlift
• $54.1 million for CEPEP.
• $50 million for continued
support for School Feeding
• $20.1 million support for the
• $16.5 million for continued
assistance to small properties
in the tourism industry.
• $12.1 million to support
Tobago tourism festivals.
• $11.4 million funding for T&T
Hospitality and Tourism
DISTRIBUTION BY DIVISION:
• Assembly Legislature: $23.80
• Office of the Chief Secretary:
• Finance and Enterprise
Development: $233.26 million.
• Tourism and Transportation:
• Education, Youth Affairs and
Sport: $527.68 million.
• Community Development and
Culture: $160.78 million.
• Infrastructure and Public
Utilities: $503.43 million.
• Agriculture, Marine Affairs,
Marketing and the
Environment: $272.87 million.
• Health and Social Services:
• Settlements and Labour:
• Planning and Development:
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