This edition of the Economic and Social Review (EaSR), for the fiscal year 2016/2017, reflects on the public policies, programmes and projects pursued. The combination of macro-economic analysis and sectoral presentations provide readers with technical and programmatic insights into the coordination and implementation of domestic policies consistent with sustainable social and economic development, particularly within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The achievement of sustained economic growth has been the focus of the policies undertaken by the Government of Dominica for a number of years and as such attention is given to developing all sectors of the economy. The Government also places significant emphasis on the social development and protection of all its citizens and has therefore maintained a number of social programmes in areas such as health, education, social welfare and general public assistance, while expanding social protection coverage and benefits in Dominica. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, the Government of Dominica has initiated several programmes and policies to strengthen economic and environmental resilience, especially on the most vulnerable citizens of the country.

Therefore, in July 2016, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica presented the 2016/2017 budget - "Building a More Resilient Dominica" - focused on improving its fiscal and economic performance while ensuring that Dominica was better equipped to deal with disasters and other global events, particularly in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika. The 2016/2017 budget presented an opportune time to reflect on achievements of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Agenda and to further accomplishments with the globally accepted implementation start date of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in January 2016.

Read the entireĀ Economic and Social Review 2016 - 2017 on the Ministry of Finance's website.

Posted: 17/08/2017