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Dec 6, 2021

PM Breaks Down Supplementary Appropriations

At last Friday’s House Sitting in Belmopan, Prime Minister John Briceno rose to seek authorization for additional supplementary appropriations for the 2021-2022 fiscal year in several different areas that need prioritization. 


Prime Minister John Briceno

“From recurrent and domestically-sourced Capital II Expenditures, we ramped up our social safety net efforts to almost six million dollars in Supplementary Appropriations as follows: 1) An additional one million dollars to double up direct food assistance from the Ministry of Human Development; 2) three hundred thousand dollars towards a Small Grants Program conducted by the Ministry of Tourism to support Small Tourism businesses; 3) An additional three point one-five million to be allocated for constituency development support, which will allow each area representative blue or red to be able to directly impact that constituencies most in need, whether for additional food assistance or materials and supplies for their homes, or even in some cases toys for their children; 4) and, as much as we have tough negotiations with our public officers, we always recognize their contributions and their needs as well and in this regard, an additional appropriation in the sum of one point five million dollars is being requested for public officers and teachers. On the Health end, while the COVID figures are trending downwards, with a positivity rate now considered below ten percent, and with new active cases steadily falling and the daily deaths being kept to a minimum, we cannot let up. There’s new uncertainty with the Omicron variant. In this regard, we continue to require substantial funds to be appropriated for health expenditures, especially COVID-related. KHMH is at the forefront in tackling COVID and naturally, they suffer extraordinary costs as a result. Therefore, we seek the sum of three million dollars to continue to support the needs of the KHMH, half of which was allocated a little over a week ago, based on their urgent requests. The supplementary sum of two million (dollars) is further being sought to support the Ministry of Health in anticipation of continued extraordinary COVID-related expenditures.”

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