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Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Trade, Energy & Cooperatives


Last updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:00 PM

PERMANENT SECRETARY:
Responsible for Energy, Economic Development, Trade and Planning

Timothy N.J. Antoine

Email: timothy.antoine@gov.gd

Responsible for Cooperatives
Mrs. Ann Isaacs

DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY:
Mr. Mike Sylvester

 

MISSION STATEMENT

To effectively plan, generate, allocate and account for resources through the implementation of fiscal and economic policies and the facilitation of social and environmental policies in co-operation with other agencies thereby providing and enabling sustainable growth and development.

VISION STATEMENT

Efficient and effective delivery of finance and economic services to the national, regional and international communities, through strong leadership role in planning and management of the available resources.

 

GENERAL

The Ministry of Finance, in pursuit of its mission, has a wide mandate with responsibility for:

  • Economic planning
  • Budgeting
  • Debt management
  • Economic policy formation
  • Resource mobilization
  • Cash management
  • Tax administration
  • Energy
  • Supporting decision-making processes in the public and private sectors

STRUCTURE

The Minister of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy, & Co-operatives exercises general control and direction.  The administrative head of the Ministry is the Permanent Secretary.  There is also two deputy Permanent Secretary.

The Ministry is divided into the following departments:

  • Administration
  • Accountant General’s Department
  • Inland Revenue Department
  • Department of Customs and Excise
  • Department of Economic Management & Planning
  • Statistics Department
  • Economic and Technical Co-operation
  • Department of Energy & Sustainable Development
  • Department of Co-operatives
  • Government Printery

A Department Head, who reports directly to the Permanent Secretary, manages each department.

ROLE BY DEPARTMENTS

  1. Administration
  2. General Administration

    The main objective of this unit is to provide efficient and effective administrative support for the programmes of the Ministry.  Key functions are to:

    • Ensure that all incoming mail and Cabinet Conclusions are brought to the attention of the Permanent Secretary on a daily basis.
    • Assist the Permanent Secretary in the implementation of all Cabinet directives and policy decisions.
    • Ensure timely routing of all correspondence to addresses.
    • Collaborate with all other Departments and Ministries on administrative matters.
    • Provide Office Attendant/Chauffeur, photocopying and delivery service to all Divisions.
    • Hold management team meetings.
    • Ensure that the physical plant, equipment and sundry related items are in good condition (including vehicles)
    • Facilitate the timely sale of vehicles no longer required for use by Government Ministries.
    • Give support to departments and other Ministries in the procurement of computing services.

    PERSONNEL

    The main objective of this unit is to maximize benefits to the Ministry from Performance Management and Human Resource Development.  Key functions are to:

    • Ensure the personnel function is properly supervised.
    • Process appointments, promotions and applications for transfers, leaves and the like.
    • Match staff with budgeted post and salary scale.
    • Liaise with the Public Service Commission, the department of Human Resources and other Divisions on personnel matters.
    • Co-ordinate the Performance Appraisal process.
    • To coordinate training for employees in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources and advise heads of divisions on available training courses.

    Records Management (registry)

    The main objective of this unit is to provide services for the receipt, record, distribution and storage of written communications coming and leaving the Ministry.   Key functions are to:

    • Open and accurately record all incoming correspondence as well as outgoing mail.
    • Pass incoming mail to the Permanent Secretary and other designated Officers.
    • Accurately classify and docket correspondence.
    • Ensure timely routing of all correspondences to respective officers daily.

    Finance management (finance unit)

    The main objective of this unit is to provide accounting services for expenditure allocated to the Ministry.  Key functions are to:

    • Control and monitor the administration of the Ministry’s budget to ensure compliance with the Finance and Audit Act, the Appropriation Act and the Financial and Stores Rules.
    • Ensure timely preparation and processing of invoices.
    • Maintain internal accounts both recurrent and capital.
    • Prepare imprest warrants, special warrants and transfers.
    • Procurement and distribution of stores and supplies to maintain adequate stock levels.

    Internal audit unit

    The main objective of this unit is to safeguard government assets, review the financial and operational controls and conduct board of survey activities.  Key functions are to:

    • Ensure policies and practices are followed.
    • Ensure data on purchasing Journals and Payables on SIGFIS is accurate.
    • Review the financial and operational controls existing within the Ministry.
    • Review the settlement of all claims within 45 days of approval.
    • Conduct Board of Survey activities on all Ministries/Departments.
    • Provide assistance to any department in carrying out their statutory duties as Accounting Officers.
    • Work along with the audit department and cohere activities.
    • Report to the Permanent Secretary on a monthly basis
    • Provide technical support to the Permanent Secretary when requested.
    • Establish proper Audit procedures and practices to ensure that Internal Audit provides a service which is adequate and effective and which is suitably quality assured.

    Corporate Communications

    The key functions of this unit are to:

    • Coordinate all public awareness and educational activities of the Ministry.
    • Prepare and circulate press releases and other information for the media.
    • Manage the Ministry’s television programme “Finance Matters”.
    • Manage the publication and distribution of the Ministry’s newsletter “Inside Finance”.
    • Distribute all relevant information for public knowledge.
    Returning Nationals Bureau

     This unit is a ‘one-stop’ facilitation bureau of the Returning Nationals Programme for Grenadian Nationals who are returning from living abroad (for at least 7 consecutive years) to permanently reside in Grenada (Returning National).  The Returning Nationals or “Welcome Home” Programme, as it is officially called, is an incentive package for Returning Nationals.  The programme offers:

    1. “One Stop” facilitation bureau for processing applications.
    2. 100 percent exemption on all household and personal effects, whether new or used, up to EC$75,000.
    3. 100 percent exemption on one (1) personal vehicle.  ased locally.
    4. Tax incentives for setting up businesses.

    Office of Private Sector Development

    • Coordinate key private sector reforms;
    • Facilitate a dynamic partnership between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society;
    •  Improve the Business Climate (Investment Code, Small Business Policy); &
    • Give Policy Direction to Investment Initiatives, including new Areas of Investment

     

  3. Accountant General Department
  4. The main responsibilities of the department include:

    • To ensure that a proper system of accounts is established and maintained in every department of the Government of Grenada.
    • Exercising supervision over public revenue and expenditure.

    Divided into four operational units, this department manages twelve specific work functions:

    ACCOUNTS

    • Payroll
    • Pensions
    • Investment

    TREASURY

    • Treasury
    • Banking
    • Financial Reporting

    OTHER ACCOUNTS

    • District Revenue Offices
    • Capital Projects
    • Other Government Liaison

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    • IT Management
    • Hardware Support
    • Software Support

     

  5. Inland Revenue Department
  6. SERVICES PROVIDED

    • Administering Revenue Laws to wit:
      • Income Tax Act 36/1994
      • General Consumption Tax Act 7/1995
      • Annual Stamp Tax Act 36/1992
      • Ticket Tax Cap. 319
      • Property Transfer Tax Act 37/1998
      • Property Tax 2/1999
    • Collecting arrears of taxes under the Business Levy Debt service levy and VAT acts
    • Collecting and accounting for budgeted Tax Revenue and license fees in accordance with the above laws and financial rules
    • Discharging functions delegated by the Permanent Secretary Finance and other agencies relative to the collection of taxes, licenses and fees
    • Encouraging voluntary compliance through consultation, public awareness programmes, the dissemination of information and by rendering customer friendly service.
    • Enforcement of the above legislation so as to bring delinquent taxpayers into compliance. (a) by issuance of warrants (b) best of judgment assessments (c) court action.
    • Management of the human and material resources provided in the annual budget efficiently and cost effectively as possible so as to achieve revenue goals.

     

  7. Department of Customs and Excise


    • Processing of documents for the importation and exportation of goods.
    • Collection of import and export duties (Customs Revenue)
    • Accounting for customs revenue.
    • Facilitation of tax refunds.
    • Enforcement of import and export prohibitions and restrictions in accordance with the laws.
    • Encourage compliance by facilitating the clearance of legitimate imports and exports at Ports, Airport, Warehouses, Parcel Post, Courier Services and Sufferance Wharves.
    • Facilitation of entry and departure of ships and Aircrafts to and from Ports, Airports and Marinas.
    • Facilitation of bonds and deposits relative to imports and exports, including private warehouses and in-bond facilities.
    • Facilitation of concessions.
    • Seizure of drugs and contraband items.
    • Processing of air and sea passengers and their baggage.
    • Facilitation of stakeholders outside of official working hours.
    • Complaints resolution/Customer Care

     

  8. Department of Economic Management & Planning
  9. The DEMP is the repository of economic management information and acts as advisor to the Minister of Finance and Cabinet on matters of fiscal policy, development strategy, investment programming and financing and debt management.

    • To prepare the annual estimates of revenue and expenditure according to the Government of Grenada macroeconomic and fiscal policy goals.
    • To monitor and facilitate the implementation of the annual budget.
    • Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports on central government fiscal operations.
    • Preparation of monthly and quarterly Debt reports.
    • To record, update and manage public debt.
    • Analysis of developments in the economy and projections based on economic performance
    • Research and analysis of macro-economic issues
    • Research and analysis of fiscal issues
    • Acts as a liaison with the Central Bank on research relating to the coordination of monetary and fiscal policy
    • Analysis of current international and regional development and their impact on the domestic economy.
    • Is the key player in advising and analyzing issues relating to debt and investment policy.

     

  10. Statistics Department
    • To ensure proper utilization of resources to improve efficiency
    • To monitor the price, quality and availability of basic food items
    • To provide quarterly and annual economic and social indicators for use in economic and social analysis
    • To develop harmonized statistics to effectively monitor and evaluate the Caribbean Single Market and Economy
    • Granting of licenses for certain imported items


  11. Economic and Technical Co-operation
    • The ETC is the focal point of contact with international grant and lending agencies and so has technical leadership of the external resource mobilization effort and is also responsible for coordinating related policy dialogue.
    • To improve the information flow between Line Ministries and the Unit in preparation of Sector Plans and Project Identification activities.
    • Implementation of Poverty Reduction Strategy
    • Finalization of Country Assistance Strategies and Technical Cooperation Programmes with specific donors.
    • To facilitate the approval of Funding for Projects and Technical assistance outside the Country Assistance Programme of Cooperation Framework.
    • Increase the rate of implementation for the Capital Budget to a level of 70%.
    • To provide users of the PSIP with timely information.
    • To facilitate interface and cooperation between Government and NGO’s.


  12. Department of Energy & Sustainable Development
    • Ensure adequate, reliable and economical energy services to sustain economic development, while satisfying the current and projected demands.
    • Encourage and promote the use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency alternatives.
    • Promote energy efficiency and energy conservation at all levels of the economy, in order to achieve optimum economic use of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
    • Promote , encourage and facilitate petroleum exploration and development in environmentally friendly (sustainable) manner.
    • To enable Grenada to meet its objectives relating to phasing out the use of Annex a CFC's under the Montreal Protocol.
    • To ensure timely, sustainable and cost-effective CFC phase-out through the development and implementation of a combination of investment, training, technical and policy/management support components.


  13. Department of Co-operatives
    • To inspect all producer and Service Co-operative Societies to effect legislative compliance and adherence to industry benchmarks.
    • To promote and effect sustainable socio-economic growth and development of the Productive Co-operatives Sector.
    • To develop and execute training programmes for the Productive Co-operatives.

  14. Government Printery
    • Publishing the weekly official Gazette and accompanying legislation.
    • Publishing the Extraordinary Gazette as required.
    • Printing statutory and other forms, reports, financial estimates booklets, programs, invitations, etc.
    • Providing efficient and aesthetic binding and finishing services for printed products.
    • Distributing printed matter and stationery to Ministries and Departments as requisitioned and facilitate the sale of official documents to the public.

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Administration – Mr. Michael Daniel Ag., Senior Administrative Officer
Telephone: (473) 440-2731 – (4) Ext. 5103/440-5883
Fax: (473) 440-4115


Accountant General’s Department  - Mrs. Patricia Antoine – Clyne, Accountant General
Telephone: (473) 440-2731 – (4) Ext: 4005/440-2294
Fax: (473) 435-1064
E- mail: patricia.antoine@gov.gd


Inland Revenue Department – Mr. Melville Hosten, Comptroller of Inland Revenue (Ag)
Telephone: (473) 440-2731 – (4) EXT. 4101/440-1905/435-3991
Fax: (473) 440-6621


Department of Customs and Excise – Mr. Carlyle Felix, Comptroller of Customs
Telephone: (473) 440-2239/2240/3588
Fax: (473) 440-5038

E-mail: gdcustoms@spiceisle.com


Statistics Department – Director of Statistics Mr. Curlan Gilchrist
Telephone: (473) 440-1369
Fax: (473) 440-4115
E-mail: gogstats@hotmail.com


Government Printery – Mr. Eric Brathwaite, Manager
Telephone: (473) 4402118/2098/0841
Fax: (473) 440-6881
E-mail: govprintery@spiceisle.com  

 

Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Trade, Energy & Cooperatives
Financial Complex, The Carenage
St. George’s

Telephone: (473) 440-2731 / 2732
Facsimile:   (473) 440-4115
Telex:        (473) 3418
E-mail:       finance@gov.gd

 

 

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