What is the Budget Debate?

The Annual Budget indicates what will be done with the finances of the country over the course of a year. The purpose of the Budget is to decide how much money the Government plans to expend on security, roads, water, housing and other services it provides.

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Budget Debate Explained

The Budget Debate provides the Government with the opportunity to take stock of its performance over the previous fiscal year, to measure its progress in relation to the targets previously set and to assess the effectiveness of its management of the country's finances.

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Budget Glossary

Here is a list of key terms and their meanings used during the Budget Debate:- Recurrent Expenditure - Capital Expenditure - Appropriation Act - Estimates of Expenditure

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Latest Budget News

Multipurpose Classroom Being Built at Granville Place of Safety

Work valued at $25 million is being undertaken at the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny, where a multipurpose classroom is ...

Five-Year Manufacturing Strategy Being Crafted

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is working with the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' ...

US$950 Million for BPO and Tourism Projects

The Government has programmed capital expenditure of approximately US$950 million on business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism projects, through Jamaica ...

Debate Scedule

  • March 8 - Opening of Debate – Minister of Finance and the Public Service
  • March 13 - Opposition Spokesman on Finance
  • March 15 - Leader of the Opposition
  • March 20 - Honourable Prime Minister
  • March 21 - Closing of the Budget Debate by Minister of Finance and the Public Service