Story Highlights This is according to the Government’s 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, and Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, on February 14. The sum is $13.5 billion more than the figure for 2018/19, which totalled approximately $58.4 billion, and is expected to result in the entities attaining an overall balance deficit of $3.2 billion over the period. The 2019/20 capital expenditure budget for the 56 Self-Financing Public Bodies (SFPB) is projected at $71.9 billion. The 2019/20 capital expenditure budget for the 56 Self-Financing Public Bodies (SFPB) is projected at $71.9 billion.The sum is $13.5 billion more than the figure for 2018/19, which totalled approximately $58.4 billion, and is expected to result in the entities attaining an overall balance deficit of $3.2 billion over the period.This is according to the Government’s 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, and Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, on February 14.The documents indicate that the National Housing Trust (NHT), National Water Commission (NWC), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), and Petrojam Limited are projected to account for approximately 80 per cent of the expenditure.The NHT’s programmed spend, totalling some $41.3 billion, is the largest of the entities.Approximately $39.4 billion, or 95.4 per cent, is earmarked to finance the commencement of 8,640 housing solutions, comprising houses and residential lots, and complete 4,714, during 2019/20.This sum is just over $2 billion more than the amount spent in 2018/19, which totalled $37.3 billion.The 2019/20 expenditure and activities are part of the NHT’s thrust to complete 23,000 housing solutions by the end of the 2022/23 fiscal year.The entity also plans to disburse approximately $28.2 billion over the new fiscal year under its build-on-own land, open market, and joint mortgage financed programmes, as well as for house lot loans.The NWC’s budget of $7.15 billion, which is the second highest programmed expenditure, will focus on infrastructure rehabilitation.This is expected to reduce the level of non-revenue water as well as operating costs, resulting in lower operational losses, eventual surpluses and improved efficiency and reliable service delivery over the medium term.Key focus areas of expenditure include: $2.64 billion for meter replacement; and $1.2 billion for rehabilitation works under the K-Factor Programme.Development projects are expected to account for approximately 76.4 per cent of the PAJ’s budget, with focus on engagements aimed at facilitating economic growth and development, as well as enhanced security at the island’s ports.These include: phase one of the Port Royal Development, a logistics park in Kingston; completion of the Business Process Outsourcing facility in Portmore, St. Catherine; and acquisition of a Port Community System.Petrojam Limited has made provisions for the phase one commencement of the State oil refinery’s upgrade during 2019/20.The entity plans to spend US$20 million to commence construction of a Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU).Petrojam also projects to spend US$10.4 million for major maintenance works and rehabilitation of its storage tanks.Meanwhile, the Fiscal Policy Paper indicates that the 56 SFPBs are projected to generate revenue of approximately $406 billion in 2019/20.Over the period, the group is expected to transfer some $16.7 billion in financial distributions and programme support, and remit $45.7 billion in Special Consumption, Ad Valorem and Corporate Taxes to the Government, while approximately $17.2 billion will be transferred to certain entities.Among the transfer beneficiaries are: the Student Loans’ Bureau, through support from the Education Tax; and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, via fare subsidy/operational support.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will once again lead his Three for Three Challenge for the 2014-15 season by donating three life-saving bednets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for every three-pointer he makes this season.The Warriors have also announced that the team will match Curry’s donation throughout the 2014-15 season up to $5,000.During his first two seasons running the challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 bednets to help thousands of families avoid malaria infection. During the 2012-13 season, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 272 three-pointers made and donated 816 bednets, and last season (2013-14), Curry recorded 261 three-pointers, providing 783 bednets to families.“I am honored to support the Nothing But Nets campaign for the third season in a row to continue to help raise awareness and provide bednets to protect families from malaria,” said Curry. “This has been an issue close to my heart since my days at Davidson, and I am grateful that the Warriors organization is helping me once again this season to give to such an important cause.”Since his time as a college star at Davidson when his college roommate, Bryant Barr, educated him and encouraged him to get involved in the cause, Curry has been a committed champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works with the UN and other partners to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. Bednets provide a simple, cost-effective solution. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a bednet, and provide education on its proper use. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered millions of life-saving bednets to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters.“Last year, Stephen traveled with us to Tanzania and saw first-hand how malaria can devastate families,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “We are so grateful that he and the Golden State Warriors have inspired thousands of fans to get involved in the fight to defeat malaria.”Fans can get involved to help Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the fight against malaria. Go to www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and help save a life.