Economy April 10, 2023 | 10:37 am

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Tourism, the portfolio with the lowest budget expenditure so far this year

The Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) has the lowest budget execution among central government agencies so far this year, according to data from the General Budget Directorate (Digepres). Out of a yearly budget of RD$10 billion, only RD$725.1 million has been executed by Mitur between January 1 and March 24, 2023, representing an execution of 6.7%. David Collado has been the Minister of Tourism since August 16, 2020. On the other hand, the Ministry of Housing and Buildings has the highest execution, having executed RD$4 billion out of a total budget of RD$13 billion, representing a 30% execution.

The Ministry of Education, which receives the largest budget, executed RD$48 billion (17.7%) out of a total of RD$275 billion. The execution of the Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Development was 16.7% (RD$578 million) of the RD$3 billion budgeted. Similarly, the Ministry of Public Works and Communications spent RD$9 billion (19.4%) of the RD$49 billion budgeted as of March 24. The execution of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance was 23% (RD$31 billion) of RD$137 billion.

According to Digepres, the Ministry of Agriculture had an execution of 26% (RD$3 billion) of a total of RD$15 billion. The Ministry of Energy and Mines, led by Antonio Almonte, spent RD$470 million, representing a 15% execution of the RD$3 billion budgeted, according to El Hoy.

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April 10, 2023 4:54 pm

Again this government in comparison to the PLD does not do public works! The PRM might not steal but they do nothing! While PLD steals but actually builds public works! Not saying that either of these things is okay just an observation.