[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says its delegation was informed during the budget 2015 consultation with Finance Minister, Winston Jordan that there will not be any reduction in the Value Added Tax (VAT) as was promised by the new APNU+AFC government in its 100 days plan.
According to a statement issued by the PPP on Friday, July 24, General Secretary, Clement Rohee, together with former Ministers Robeson Benn, Pauline Sukahi, Juan Edghill and member of the Executive Committee, Dharamkumar Seeraj represented the Party at the meeting.
The statement further noted that Minister advised that his Ministry is preparing a three month budget which is likely to be laid in the National Assembly in mid August 2015.
“The budget, he explained will project a three percent economic growth and will concentrate on boosting aggregate demand. The delegation was advised that Cabinet had its first look at the budget last Tuesday,” according to the PPP statement.
The Party is also claiming that in response to a question in connection with government’s 100 days plan for implementation, the delegation was informed that it is unlikely that the plan will be fulfilled within the first hundred days and that the Minister advised that there will not be a 20% increase in salaries for public servants.
“The delegation was further advised that there will be no reduction of the Value Added Tax,” the PPP statement says.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Rohee informed Minister Jordan that the PPP decided to accept the invitation having regard to the “unfortunate state of affairs obtaining in the country since the APNU+AFC assumed office.”
In this regard, “the Minister’s attention was drawn to the everyday violation of the rules and regulations pertaining to public expenditure management. Rohee advised the Minister of the Party’s rejection of the pervasive ethnic cleansing and the political and social discrimination as well as the continuing arbitrary dismissal of persons once employed by the PPP/C administration.”
It was also noted by the PPP that the Minister’s attention was drawn to the government scaring away of foreign and local investors and the persistent haranguing of local private sector enterprises of being involved in money laundering, corruption and other and illegal activities.
“These positions adopted by government, the Minister was advised will not in any way help to restore confidence and optimism in the economy.”