Opposition Questions Compensation of Economic Growth Council

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Questions about compensation of members of the Economic Growth Council were raised by the Opposition at today’s sitting of the Parliament Standing Finance Committee.

This after Minister Without Portfolio at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, said members of the council would be rendering their services voluntarily and free of charge.

The Standing Finance Committee is examining the Holness administration’s spending plans and priorities for the new fiscal year.

It comprises all 63 Members of the House of Representatives.

Dr. Chang outlined the functions of the Government’s new Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation as a facilitator of investment.

He promised that this new approach would see quicker turn around times for investment.

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On the question of compensation, it was a hard sell to the Opposition that no payment would be provided to the Council members for their work.

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Dr. Chang says, in the case of Chairman Michael Lee Chin, he would absorb the expenses to travel on Government’s behalf.

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His fellow Minister Daryl Vaz eventually stepped in and promised further details as the council is completed.

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