Public servants here are once again being urged to up their game so as to ensure increased implementation of the various projects under the Ministries to which they are assigned.

This appeal came from Minister of Finance Camillio Gonsalves as he presented the 2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure in Parliament yesterday.

Minister Gonsalves pointed out that seventy-two point two percent of the 2018 capital budget falls within the ambit of three Ministries: the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology – which has responsibility for $67.1 million or 31.0 percent of the capital budget; the Ministry of Transport and Works – which has been entrusted with $66.2 million or 30.6 percent of the capital programme; and the Ministry of National Security – where $23.0 million or 11.6 percent of the 2017 capital estimates are allocated.

He said the capacity of these Ministries to effectively deliver on the projects under their control is critical to the overall implementation rate of the 2018 capital budget.

Minister Gonsalves said that in 2018, continued focused attention will be paid to this question of PSIP implementation and strenuous efforts will be made, as far as is humanly possible, to resolve impediments to implementation.

The Finance Minister said hundreds of millions of dollars are currently available to aid in the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; however, public servants need to commit to working expeditiously to have the various projects designed, implemented, efficiently and effectively.

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