Province on Solid Economic Footing

first_imgDiscussions during the Premiers International Economic Forum show Nova Scotia is on the right track to secure the province’s economic future. Premier Darrell Dexter led the two-day forum, which wrapped up today, Nov. 23, in Halifax. During the forum, the premiers heard from international experts and discussed ways to keep Canada’s economy strong in the face of global economic uncertainty. “These meetings confirmed Nova Scotia’s belief that we can’t sit around and wait for the economy to recover; we are taking action now to create jobs and economic development opportunities across the province,” said Premier Dexter. “Our jobs plan is attracting world-class companies that are choosing Nova Scotia to grow their workforce, and we are supporting small business by cutting the ir corporate tax rate. “These initiatives are putting our province on a solid economic foundation and giving our young people a future here at home.” Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney provided the premiers with the bank’s outlook for the global and Canadian economies. The premiers also heard from economist Tyler Cowan about the economic outlook in the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. During the meeting the premiers agreed on key factors to ensure continued job growth and future economic prosperity, including enhancing skills development, meeting immigration needs, maintaining a responsible approach to managing public finances, fostering entrepreneurship and collaborating across governments to secure strategic trade agreements. The premiers also re-affirmed their belief that strong provincial-territorial engagement in decisions that impact the economy are important than ever. “While we are on the right track, it’s critical we keep momentum moving,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from all levels of government to ensure Nova Scotia and all of Canada emerges stronger than ever from current economic challenges.” Premier Dexter noted projects and proposals where inter-provincial co-operation helps drive sustainable economic development are key. “From the Lower Churchill project, to the proposal for a new east-west pipeline, provinces and territories are working together to grow the nation’s economy.”last_img read more

Minister tells officials to fasttrack new water supply schemes

Priority will be given to projects to be implemented at an expenditure of Rs.4000 million in the war-affected Mullaitivu district and a official ceremony to mark the inauguration of the implementation process will be held on August 28 headed by Minister Hakeem and participated by State Minister Sudharshani Fernandopulle, parliamentarians representing the district, members of the Northern Provincial Council and political leaders. Minister of City Planning and Water Supply and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem directed ministry officials in-charge of implementing new water supply schemes to fast-track the implementation process.He issued the directions at a meeting with ministry officials at the ministry auditorium on implementation of a Rs.25,000 million World Bank projects, under the special focus and instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena. The projects are to be implemented in the seven districts of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Moneragala, Badulla, Ratnapura , Nuwara Eliya and Kegalle and the discussions at the meeting were centred on the preliminary arrangements. Over 100, 000 people of the district will get clean drinking, about 15,000 families will be provided latrines with high standard sanitary facilities while special focus will be laid on providing toilet facilities to the latrines differently-abled and families headed by women. Implementation of projects on providing clean drinking water to people of areas inflicted with kidney disease will be expedited, it was reported at the meeting.The National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the National Community Water Supply Department will collectively implement water supply projects in the divisional secretary areas of Maritimepatru, Pudukudiyruppu, Oddusuddan and Welioya, project directors told at the meeting. Sixty percent of thed total population of the district will be benefited under the program. Former parliamentarian Muththalib Bawa Farook, Ministry Secretary Sarath Chandrasiri Vithane, Additional Secretary A.C.M.Nafeel and other senior officials attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more