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Like A Boss – No new taxes, more for Small Businesses In 2018 Budget 

Finance Minister Winston Jordan

Consultations are still ongoing for the 2018 budget, but Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan has provided an early indication of no new taxes and a budget that seeks to generate economic activity for small business owners whereby making them their own bosses.

Minister Jordan made the disclosure Mobday during a press conference and announced that Government continues to review the removal of the Valued Added TAX (VAT) on tuition fees, added as part of last year’s budget and which drew sharp protests from parents.

“Our focus in the budget now is to make people their own boss so we are increasingly putting more and more resources that aim to increase the skill pool and in many ways offering you some assistance,” Minister Jordan said when asked about job creation plans for the budget.

Though many already very low taxes were increased last year, that move had sparked off much criticism by the opposition and other interest groups.

The Minister spoke of Government’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, which he explained provides ‘$100 million in outright grants’. He concluded that entrepreneurship is a hard sell since many persons continue to approach Government for jobs and maintained that the economic driver will have to be non-government.

He cautioned against “Even the best of governments tried going into economic activity and for the most part it has failed; the latest is Guysuco and I always say that the one that has kept us going is Guyoil.” Guyoil was established by the then Cheddi Jagan-led internal self-government as a means of energy security during the politically turbulent period of the 1960s.

He noted also that all small businesses and all entrepreneur activity that can increase the pool of household income, community income and the national income are to be considered, encouraged and grown.

“All of us can’t be rocket scientist,” Jordan said.

He added, “We want to create conditions for particularly small businesses to grow and you don’t have to knock up a shed to get a small business and I see someone scornfully talk about the lady with the plantain chip as if selling plantain chip is a beneath activity. I like plantain chip.”

President David Granger, in promoting the need for cottage industries, has given, as an example, the production of plantain chips- a suggestion Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and his People’s Progressive Party have latched on to as a tool for mocking and criticising the government as visionless.

Granger had indicated Government’s intention to present the 2018 budget in November, before the start of the fiscal year, a move Government said was historic and one that proves fiscal responsibility.

  • rudeo

    Tell me how the school gate vendor with tamarind syrup and the plantain chips seller at big market pavement will become the engine of growth….Jordan making a mockery of black people….look at the Asian entrepreneurs….making money in spite of…..

  • Michael Grey

    jordan brain too old… selling plantain chips cannot drive an economy….

    • Col123

      Souce and black pudding with some good mango sour can… wanna bet

  • ExPPP_Man

    EX-Col123 ; without tax how we gonna mine all yuh ?

    • Col123

      Ex kkk dude:: Me bread butta boy… me grow up with plantains, cassava, hard yam, eddoes, tania… and me Indo neighba a plant all that stuff…so me na gah fuh plant any…the dry and smoke up savanah fish works well wid that!

  • Col123

    B… the evidence of that is marginal…. You are debating survival economics…we must have a game plan to grow wealth to the point of ” having your money work for you “…

  • Col123

    None as good as aunty Olga in Guyana…Guyanese black pudding is the best around the world… with that sour mango!… Trini makes a souce but not better than Guyanese souce.

  • Col123

    There are actually local Guyanese folks who make it upon with an order… the would get several orders and make it if they get a lot of orders..I know a guy who did this.. his place is clean and he prepares it well

  • Col123

    The government is doing a darn good job… Granger should get rid of all you coolie folks ( no malice intended) in the government!

  • Agumon

    Just a few more years to endure with this Government…

  • Col123

    Bai…you either belong in the zoo like a langor… or in the sheethouse!