Minister of Finance Camilo Gonsalves in presenting his first budget says this year 2018, will be a year of firsts.
Gonsalves said this will be the first year of operation for AIA, first full year of an increased minimum wage and an occupational health and safety protection.
The first full year of tangible progress towards a new hospital at Arnos Vale and a new port in Kingstown.
The first full year of operation of the modern medical complex in Georgetown.
The first year of the government as an active partner in the construction and ownership of hotel facility.
The first year of what may be a new industry centred on medical cannabis products.
Gonsalves said 2018 will consolidate the government commitment to tackling poverty and inequality through targeted intervention and strengthening of social services.
He said the government will continue to pursue their goals in Agriculture, infrastructure, and housing.