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SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

Estimates with a shift

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PARLIAMENT CONVENING at the Worthing Corporate Centre in Christ Church will not be the only unusual happening when the 2020 Estimates Debate starts this morning.

Also unfamiliar is the prospect of Government transitioning from one financial year to the next with the expectation of a fiscal surplus totalling more than $600 million.

With its 2019/2020 financial year ending on March 31, Government will from this week detail its financial priorities over the subsequent 12 months.

The debate, which is taking place away from the House of Assembly as the Parliament Buildings in Bridgetown undergo a thorough cleaning due to environmental concerns, will follow last year’s new format where ministers and their technocrats outline their programmes and respond to questions from Members of Parliament.

This year’s discussion on the Appropriation Bill will be second since the Mia Amor Mottley administration started implementation of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme, supported by a US$290 million loan under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

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