by Dr. Nanda K. Gopaul, Hon. Minister of Labour
Thank you Mr. Speaker, it is irrefutable that the Budget 2014 is one which will create a better Guyana in the interest of all Guyanese. The Honorable Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and staff deserve our commendation and praise for a job well done. The stakeholders have had consultations on the Budget prior to its presentation and many of the stakeholders including those of Labour and the private sector have since its presentation applauded the government and the Minister of Finance on the 2014 Budget.
It is unfortunate that the Opposition parties did not avail themselves to the invitation of the Minister of Finance to engage in the discussion on the Budget prior to its presentation, this is indeed is a lost opportunity but when we listen to the Opposition all we hear are negative views with no real or concrete proposal or sound advice to enhance the Budget or the economy. I therefore speak today in support of this Budget and urge that it be given unanimous acceptance in this House. Mr. Speaker, before I go into details of the Budget discussion, I mainly wish to highlight some of the activities successfully undertaken by my Minister during the year 2013:
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