Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday 2nd January made a number of announcements on Budget 2018, the visit of a Foreign Dignitary to the state, Barrel concessions and an update on graduate teachers.
- On Monday 29th January the estimates for the 2018 budget will be brought before the house of assembly, while the debate on the 2018 budget will commence on 5th February.
- The Foreign Minister of Taiwan David Lee will visit St Vincent and the Grenadines on the 1st of February.
- The concessions on Christmas barrels will continue until 15th January 2018.
- Steps would be taken to ensure that Graduate Teachers up to and including 2010 and who have not been appointed as a Graduate Teacher would now take place.
The Prime Minister said the changes to facilitate the upgrade would cost the state about 2 Million dollars.