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Fostering Renewed Hope and Inclusive Growth

Mr Speaker,

Honourable  Members

I present this Budget today  in an economic  environment of anxiety and uncertainty amidst expectations for quick results,   faster   development   and  the  highest   levels  of

discipline, honesty and transparency in government.

My proposals provide the roadmap for revitalising the economy, maintaining strict fiscal discipline, creating wealth, promoting employment, encouraging self-reliance, and developing a knowledge-based economy.

Combating Unemployment and Youth Restiveness

I gladly welcome all of you to this ceremony, the official inauguration of Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme  (STEP)  and  Youth  Agricultural  Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of our Job and Wealth Creation Scheme.

Today’s  event  is  undeniable  proof  that  our administration’s S.M.A.R.T agenda is well and truly on course. It goes without saying that  Job and wealth  creation  are the bedrock of the S.M.A.R.T agenda, with YAGEP and STEP as the flagship programmes.

Building Synergy for Excellent Service Delivery

I welcome you all to this inauguration ceremony.

First, I congratulate each Member of the Governing Councils/Boards that are being inaugurated today. Your appointment is not only based on merit and competence, it is also in recognition of your consistency, faith and confidence in this administration. It is my hope and expectation that this appointment will spur you to greater heights and encourage you to work harder to actualise this administration’s S.M.A.R.T

agenda.