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Opposition continues to express frustration with the efforts of the Government to hold meaningful consultations – 11th Feb 2013

shot0019The main opposition party A Partnership For National Unity, APNU, believes that the 2013 budget is in an advance stage, despite budgetary talks with the opposition parties.

The Budget is schedule to be presented by March 30 to the National Assembly.

Opposition Leader David Granger said efforts to have a collective input from the parliamentary parties, the APNU and the AFC seem to be heading down hill.

Last year, the joint opposition parties used its one-seat majority to cut several of the Government’s line items in the budget. This action led to several protests which were organized by some Government Ministries. Speaking to the media on Friday, Granger said the information request was not forthcoming. He’s strongly of the view that the budget is almost completed without the input from the two main opposition parties.

So far the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh, held two consultations with the main opposition parties; the second took place on Friday last.

According to the APNU, they were told by the Minister to submit some additional information that will inform the final budget. The Next budget consultation meeting is set for February 22.

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