Region 10 set for significant development in 2019

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The 2019 National Budget is far-sighted and has answered the call for improved infrastructure, education, health and social welfare services among others.  This is according to government Member of Parliament (MP), Jermaine Figueira, who argued in favour of the budget during the debates in the National Assembly today.

Figuera said the passage of the 2019 budget “is the equivalent of a confidence motion”. The MP noted significant benefit will redound to the people of Region 10 in 2019.

Member of Parliament, Jermaine Figueira

Budget 2019 has allocated $3.9Billion for Region 10, the largest allocation to the Region Figuera pointed out.

Figuera stressed this allocation will see the empowerment of people and the building of sustainable communities in the Upper Demerara-Berbice area. The MP singled out several important allocations that will allow for this.

Infrastructural upgrades in several communities will provide better accessibility for road users and farmers, Figuera said. More specifically, the municipality of Linden will benefit tremendously from the Linden/Lethem road once it is completed.

Budget 2019 also makes provision for improving entrepreneurship in Region 10, Figuera argued. He noted the allocation of $218Million to the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) will aid and stimulate economic growth within the township

“The people of Linden, and more specifically our young entrepreneurs, now have an alternative lending institution that is friendlier and more flexible to support their business ventures,” Figuera said.

The MP also lauded the initiatives to improve the lives of young people in Region 10. The allocation of $250Million for the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) will provide employment and other opportunities for the people of the Region.

Figuera also noted that the 2019 Budget makes provision for investing in agriculture to promote food security in the region, ICT huts to improve internet access and introduces measures that will promote communities in the Region as a tourist destination.

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