Now that we are emerging from the global economic crisis, I am pleased to announce that our government is able to provide a 2.5% salary increase to our civil servants retroactive to January 1. This increase is tax free.
I also reiterated my previous announcements regarding monetary incentives for high performing students and an increase to the public assistance programme. Christmas road cleaning is commencing shortly.
We are doing this all while building a critical piece of national infrastructure -- the Argyle International Airport -- which promises economic opportunity, jobs and upliftment for our people.