Finance Minister meets THA on budget

Chief Secretary Orville London (right) and Finance Minister Larry Howai at the Tobago Budget meeting on Tuesday.
Chief Secretary Orville London and representatives of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) met Finance Minister Larry Howai on Monday (5th August 2013) for “meaningful discussions” on the Assembly’s $4.95 billion budget proposals for inclusion in the 2014 national budget.

London was accompanied to the meeting at the Eric Williams Financial Complex in Port of Spain by Secretary of Finance and Enterprise Development Joel Jack and Chief Administrator Dr Ellis Burris among others.

The THA is seeking funding for an off budget programme including a housing programme. Howai had told reporters recently that he was going to meet with the THA “to discuss in detail the request which Tobago has, not just for recurrent expenditure, but also for dealing with the national development needs”.

He added that all the government ministries had submitted large requests so “we would have to prioritise”. The Finance Ministry is currently working on the 2014 national budget due to be presented by Howai before the end of the fiscal year next month.

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