Economically this budget is a comeback for Guyana

FIRST of all, let me congratulate the Hon. Dr. Ashni Singh MP, senior Minister in the Office of the President with responsibility for Finance and team for a well-crafted budget 2021.  I must also extend congratulations to the PPP/C government for presenting yet another budget with all Guyanese in mind. Budget 2021 as I have predicted on my Facebook page a few days before the original presentation, will be one of the best or another great budget from the PPP to the people of Guyana —  all the people of Guyana and not some.
As the Hon. Dr. Singh was presenting his budget in the House, to all Guyanese and the world, I was saying to myself: where have I gone wrong in my predictions?  There is something for everyone, no matter what the opposition says. They will also benefit tremendously because there is no new taxation that will be added to the citizens of this land that will cause hardship and be a burden on them. I see all benefiting in a massive way, including the children who are attending public schools, through the rise in the school grant to every child, irrespective of race or which political party their parents are supporting.  The APNU+AFC had taken this away and parents were left feeling the hardship.

There is so much good in Budget 2021 that will generate major development in all sectors, which I won’t touch on because of limited space that will be granted to me.  But I must say that this budget is one that was well put together and more over it was crafted with the Guyanese people in mind. This budget is a comeback for Guyana economically because of the hundreds of opportunities that will be created through both private and public investments in our land by more businesses expanding and opening new doors, small-business grants; job creation; youth empowerment and training; public sector investment in upgrading the standard of our public service; better health care; quality delivery in the education sector; major investments in sports and culture; massive improvement and investments in the agriculture sector; more scholarships to our children to study locally and overseas, etc. After five years Guyanese now have the opportunity to see who are the ones who care for the Guyanese people.  We have the opportunity to see what a caring government does for their betterment and moreover, helping to create a better life for all. Budget 2021 is a people’s budget and it will open the avenues to a better life for every Guyanese. Congrats once more to Hon. Dr. Ashni Singh and team, along with the PPP government for a well-crafted people’s budget and for the vision of a better and brighter Guyana headed by H.E. Dr. Ali.
Guyana is on the rise.


Abel Seetaram

Former APNU+AFC Region Five
RDC councillor

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