The seventh year of robust growth and the steady decline in the unemployment levels are just some of what government is boasting about in this year’s throne speech.
The National Sustainable Development plan 2035 was also a critical component of the speech.
Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade in delivering the Throne Speech on Friday, highlighted that the final plan, Vison 2035, would be unveiled during the budget presentation.
The speech was delivered at the ceremonial opening of the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament, at Mt. Wheldale, St. George.
Of note was the connectivity between the goals of Vision 2035 and the fiscal policy agenda of government, which Dame Cecile says must be aligned in 2020.
The Governor General in her delivery says the national plan will now provide the strategic direction for all budgets ensuing till 2035.
The theme chosen for the throne speech is guided by the goals of the national plan.
The theme reads ‘Towards Vision 2035: empowering our communities; growing our economy; protecting our environment; strengthening our institutions.’
Government’s plans also include an examination of public expenditure.
“Public procurement systems would be bolstered through stricter controls and monitoring. Additionally, my government will be undertaking a public expenditure review, with the aim of taking concrete actions to strengthen expenditure controls as well as the efficiency and the effectiveness of public spending and the institutional mechanisms for expenditure.
The throne speech covered several other areas including climate resilience, disaster management, tourism and agriculture.