“VAT rollout going well,” says PM

Prime Minister, Dr. Huber Minnis.

Two weeks after the government’s 4.5 per cent increase in value-added tax (VAT) and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said he is satisfied with the recent roll out, despite public pushback.

“I am very satisfied,” the prime minister said.

“But, with anything that’s new, you will have individuals who will complain about certain things and that’s acceptable.”

Following VAT’s implementation, Dr. Minnis embarked on a Family Island tour to host a series of town hall meetings, to engage residents in dialogue about the new budget and its proposed benefits.

Dr. Minnis told media Thursday that his Family Island tour has been going well and that he intends to continue making his rounds.

“I will go through the remainder of the Family Islands beginning tomorrow,” he said.

“On Friday I head out to Acklins and Crooked Island and then Saturday I head to Inagua and Mayaguana to spread the word about the government’s budget.”

The prime minister said he also plans to update Family Islanders on his discussions with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

CARICOM Heads of Government meeting was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica last week.

“For the first time the Family Islands will be involved and they will become informed as to what has transpired during my visit to CARICOM,” he said.

The prime minister expressed his keen interest in keeping Family Islanders abreast of important details concerning national development.

“Moving forward, the Family Islands will always be informed about the government’s futuristic movements,” he noted.

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This article was written by TAJARO HUDSON, Eyewitness News intern. 

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