Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says his government is reviewing the Constituency Development Program (CDP) so that money donated by the Government of Taiwan for community projects is used to generate economic progress.
The Taiwanese Government has provided USD$60 million in funding for the CDP, USD$12 million of which has already been spent.
Those funds have usually been allocated to constituency councils for projects aimed at alleviating poverty, such as the construction of drains and footpaths.
However the Prime Minister said he is moving away from the idea of funds being allocated to constituencies.
Instead he wants to spend the CDP funds on projects such as playing fields and village tourism.
“Given that we are still running a deficit, we have to make sure that we are using these funds in more meaningful ways in order to generate more economic progress and obviously to address some of the social problems that we have in our country,” Chastanet said.
Prime Minister Chastanet says the remaining USD$48 million will be reallocated to “nationwide projects”.
He said the bulk of the CDP funds that have been spent over the last year has gone towards paying for projects implanted by the previous SLP government prior to the 2016 general election.