The Ministry of Public Works, Water Resource Management has received the biggest chunk of the national budget for the fiscal year 2018/2018 with 41.4 percent.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed this during the budget address Wednesday morning, aptly titled ‘From Survival, To Sustainability And Success: A Resilient Dominica’.
He presented budgetary estimates amounting to nine hundred and seventy-eight million, one hundred and one thousand, six hundred and twenty-five dollars for the financial year ending June 2019 of which the Public Works Ministry will receive 181.10 million dollars.
The key priority strategic areas that will be addressed by these significant investments are:
-Climate resilient road network in order to ensure that transport connectivity can be restored quickly after a catastrophic weather event.
-Upgrading of terminal facilities at the Douglas-Charles Airport.
-Improved safety and security systems at the said airport.
-Rehabilitation of water catchment areas.
-Integrated water resource management.
-Integrated development efforts with all other utility services.
“Madam Speaker, the Government’s flagship project which will be implemented in fiscal year 2018/2019, is the Roseau Enhancement Project, which will transform Roseau into a climate-resilient, green, smart and modern city. This project is significant in the life of our citizens and the development trajectory of our country.”
The second largest allocation of $85.9 million or 18.9% of the 2018/19 capital budget, has been awarded to the Ministry of Housing and Lands.
An amount of $52.6 million represents new initiatives to address the pressing need for the construction of new homes, he said.
“Other allocations are for home renovation and repair, and the implementation of the Sustainable Housing Solution project under which 1,000 homes will be constructed. This is part of the Government’s commitment to build 5,000 climate resilient homes, part of which will be financed by the World Bank.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal has been allocated a total of twenty-nine million, nine hundred and seventy-six thousand, four hundred and sixty-one dollars.
A major project under this ministry is the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, which is allocated $15.6 million.
The other major environmental projects are:
-Supporting Sustainable Ecosystem
-Building Resistance to effects of Climate Change
-Low Carbon Development Path Promoting Energy Efficient Lighting and Solar Photovoltaic Technologies.
An amount of $2.8 million has also been estimated to be spent on the Urban Renewal namely the Botanical Gardens Development and Green Spaces project.
“The aim of this project is to improve and beautify the capital and urban areas frequented by locals and tourists. This project is part of the wider vision of making Roseau a resilient and aesthetically attractive city,” Mr. Skerrit explained.