(Thursday October 5th , 2017):-The announcement of Duty Free Concession by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris as part of Post Irma and Maria recovery efforts has been well received with Over 300 residents having applied to the government for the duty free concession on the purchase and importation of building materials to make repairs to hurricane damage on their homes.
During his monthly press conference held on Tueesday October 3rd Prime Minister Harris speaking indicated that the Ministry of Finance had reported that some 300 plus persons applied for the concessions.
PM Harris stated “The matter of duty free concessions, regarding the duty free concessions on building materials for the victims of the hurricanes, the Ministry of Finance has reported that over 300 applications have been collected, and the Ministry of Finance is awaiting their return for formal processing…”
The government has contracted the services of skilled professionals from the private sector to assist applicants with their damage assessments. All applications will and accompanying estimates will have to go through a transparent verification process before they can be approved.
“The Ministry of Finance working with the Ministry of Sustainable development will recruit persons on a temporary basis to help with the estimates of the repairs to correct the damage should such assistance be required,” said PM Harris.
“Contact persons have been identified at the Inland Revenue Department, the Accountant General Department, Customs and Excise Department, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Office of the Prime Minister to assist in completing forms should such assistance be required by anyone,” said Dr. Harris. “So you have the form, you are having difficulties filling them in, we have set up if you will, help desk and identified persons in each of the relevant departments who will provide assistance in getting the form filled in.”
Prime Minister Harris said that the government is aware of the importance of its people and against this backdrop will do all in its power to ensure that they are taken care of first and foremost.
“My Government has given priority to restore our people’s lives to normalcy. In this regard, the Ministry of Finance working with the Ministry of Sustainable Development will recruit persons on a temporary basis to help with the estimates of the repairs to correct the damage should such assistance be required,” PM Harris said. “In other words, we want to put that on a fast track. And there may be elderly persons or persons otherwise unable to take care of the estimates and we therefore will have private parties who will be engaged by the relevant ministry to conduct this exercise with a view to fast tracking it.”
Application forms are available and can be collected at the Ministry of Finance, the Treasury Department, Inland Revenue Department, NEMA, or downloaded from the Ministry of Finance’s website at www.mof.gov.kn.