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We’re in the middle of the 2021/2022 budget presentation and debate. The estimates have been debated and soon we will have the policy debate.
We must commend the Bank of Saint Lucia initiative to make new start up loans and working capital available for small businesses. That story is in today’s edition. And if you are in Dominica, the government there has placed $27m in the bank for small business loans. The details are in today’s edition.
The vaccination programme is continuing apace here, as OECS heads meet with WHO officials and make the case for a level playing field in the distribution of vaccines. Currently countries that can afford are purchasing vaccines in large quantities. Poorer, more vulnerable nations are being disadvantaged because of a lack of resources and influence. The WHO chief who spoke to OECS Heads has promised to give some visibility to this issue.
In the meantime, the key message remains – boost your immune system, in other words – engage in a healthy lifestyle, wear the mask when in public, sanitise frequently and maintain a social distance.
In the meantime here are this week’s headlines.
Do have a productive and safe week.
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