A new approach to coordinating offshore electricity grids
Sustained increases in UK and EU offshore wind power generation mean that making changes to regulation and infrastructure has become a priority.
In line with the hopeful message delivered in the State of the Nation address by the President, the Minister of Finance delivered a measured budget which did not shy away from the difficult questions being asked of Treasury.
In line with the hopeful message delivered in the State of the Nation address by the President, the Minister of Finance today delivered a measured budget which did not shy away from the difficult questions being asked of Treasury.
There is no doubt that the tax adjustments announced will hit South Africans in their pockets. However, Treasury failed to panic in the face of a slow economy and a growing deficit, and implemented some difficult changes which will hopefully make a material difference to the budget.
At the same time, statements regarding the realignment of tax incentives and the crack-down on illicit financial flows suggest that Treasury realises that increasing tax rates is not the only way to encourage economic activity and to bulk up the fiscus.
The Minister should be applauded for an honest medium term budget in October 2017, followed by an even better performance this year which can only strengthen the perception that Government is learning from its past mistakes and placing the country on a better course.
The main budget proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year include –
The EU is very likely to push ahead with creating a carbon border adjustment mechanism, as soon as compliance with WTO rules can be assured.
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