The Ministry of Finance is central to the development strategy of the Government. The Dominica which we envisage is one where all citizens share in and enjoy the benefits of development. It is a vision where all have access to basic goods and services including adequate food, shelter, clothing, education, health, employment. Moreover, we are satisfied that this outcome will be possible if there is growth in the economy. To obtain such growth, a strong macroeconomic framework is imperative. Government investment must also be targeted and focused. In that regard, the Ministry of Finance will give leadership and direction to the fiscal and economic imperatives so as to ensure the success of the broader development programme.