Editorial: The clear prioritiesPOSTED: 06/26/12 12:36 PM
The figures released by the Department of Statistics on Monday should give the just over one month old “Government that is working for the people” a clear idea of what their priorities should be in the coming period – getting the economy moving and reducing the cost of living. Finance Minister Roland Tuitt is working with the banks and the Minister of Labor Cornelius de Weever is working directly with businesses via the Employability through training.
We also note that every ministry is running ads to recruit new and more staff and that government is securing financing for major projects that will provide work to contractors and revenue to the businesses they purchase from. But a concerted effort has to be made as soon as possible to put more money in people’s pockets. It will be interesting to see if the government attempts to create some ease through the amendment to the budget that is now being reviewed by the Board of financial supervision.
While government must chip in, they must also work expediently to ensure that more private sector jobs are being created. Absorbing all the unemployed into government service or placing them on social welfare will be too great a burden on the national purse. In these days of rising prices and tensions from too much belt tightening, there must be a creative plan that benefits all parties – government, businesses and employees.