Written by Tasha Ann Miller
February 18, 2021
The focus of the just concluded budget opening for fiscal year 2021/2022 in Jamaica will be on getting COVID19 vaccines and funding the related health expenses.
Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke says six billion of the sixty billion dollars ‘Serve Jamaica’ social and economic recovery programme will fund the purchase of COVID19 vaccines. He says the vaccines will be available for two million Jamaicans in the government’s effort to achieve population immunity to the virus.
There will also be allocations for small business and expanding broadband reach for schools under the ‘Serve Jamaica’ Programme. Budget presentations will begin in March. Dr. Clarke, continues to reiterate that Jamaica will recover stronger.
This was the campaign banner of the victorious Jamaica Labour Party from the recently concluded September 2020 elections. Dr. Clarke continues to style the initiatives of the government under programme names such as the CARE programme which provided relief earlier during the pandemic. Dr. Clarke in his opening remarks says that he wants the budget presentation to be simplified for all Jamaicans to understand. A total of $830.8 billion dollars is set for this fiscal year’s budget.