For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minster Gaston Browne has stopped shy of giving a firm commitment that public servants salaries will be paid on time this month.
Browne told Pointe FM that he has already been getting questions from public servants.
“I see that the public servants are not giving us any room to pay late. Every month, sometimes at the middle of the month, the question comes as to whether (they) are going to be paid on time.
“I will say here we will make every effort to ensure that they are paid on time,” he said.
Browne said revenues which declined in March by some 70 percent are still down significantly.
He said Antigua & Barbuda continues to make payments to creditors for which deferrals have not been obtained.
“But it is still an extremely challenging period. We are going to see a significant reduction in the Gross Domestic Product for this year.
“Which means that there will be some sustained unemployment for the next maybe 12-18 months or maybe up to two years in order to recover some of the losses as a consequence of covid,” Browne who is also Finance Minister said.