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BVI Airways, tax evasion probe among Opposition's questions @ April 26-27 HoA Sitting!

- questions to also be asked on the CDB loan & local healthcare professions among others
Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Opposition Leader and First District Representative (left) and Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), Third District Representative (right) will ask a series of questions during the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday April 26, 2018 to Friday April 27, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
During the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) this week, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), will have to answer to a number of questions from the members of the opposition such as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan, BVI Airways and tax evasion. Photo: VINO/File
During the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) this week, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), will have to answer to a number of questions from the members of the opposition such as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan, BVI Airways and tax evasion. Photo: VINO/File
The Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) will be carried live on CBN Radio 90.9 FM the Caribbean Super Station and is expected to start at 10:00 AM on both days Photo: VINO/File
The Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) will be carried live on CBN Radio 90.9 FM the Caribbean Super Station and is expected to start at 10:00 AM on both days Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While it is not certain how many will tune in to the 2018 Budget Debate, as the government is broke and has a shortfall of some $50M, the two-man Opposition has a series of questions.

Beginning this Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) and ending on Friday April 27, 2018 before the Budget Debate gets underway, there will be a series of questions asked by Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Member Julian Fraser RA (R3)

Accountability CDB loans-Hon Fahie

The Opposition Leader wants to know from the Premier and Minister of Finance the amount drawn down, to date, from the $65 million Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) loan approved in the HoA in December 2017, interest expense billed and or paid to date, and the names of the offices or officers empowered or authorised to instruct drawdowns.

Hon Fahie also wants to know, on behalf of the people, the amount each Ministry and or government entity has expended to date from their respective CDB loan allotments and the purpose for which each entity of government used the funds.

Backdoor policy?

One political candidate/aspirant Julian Willock, who is running At-Large in the next general elections, proposed a Citizen by Investment Programme in a national address some two months ago as a means of new revenue generation.

Well, Opposition Member, Hon Julian Fraser wants to know from Premier Smith, if such a programme already exists.

He is to ask the Premier and Minister of Finance whether, the government is considering a policy for Residency for Direct Investment, and if yes, could he verify that amount, and the many ways to achieve residency through the programme.

UK visit & Health professional- Hon Fraser

In addition, Hon Fraser wants to know whether Premier Smith has been asked to appear before a sub-committee of the Treasury Select Committee in the United Kingdom Parliament to give evidence to British MPs as part of a probe into tax avoidance and evasion in its investigation in the wake of the Panama and Paradise Papers leaks.

Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), who is mourning the loss of his mother, will have to answer Hon Fraser on how many locals with medical degrees were offered jobs since the salary adjustments were made, how many were hired, and how many locals and non-locals have resigned since salary adjustments were made and why.

BVI Airways again!

Both Hons Fahie and Fraser have more questions on the scandal-riddled BVI Airways. They want to know what efforts have been made to date, to get the people’s $7.2M back from BVI Airways who has yet to start flights between the Virgin Islands and Miami after it was promised to start in October 2016.

The HoA will be carried live each day on CBN Radio 90.9 FM 'The Caribbean Super Station' and is expected to start at 10:00 A.M. on both days.

15 Responses to “BVI Airways, tax evasion probe among Opposition's questions @ April 26-27 HoA Sitting!”

  • Wellmabou (23/04/2018, 18:15) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The plot thickens. Probe deep and don’t accept the usual vague answers. We the public, your employers, need to know. It is called- ACCOUNTABILITY.
  • Street reporter (23/04/2018, 19:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Back Benchers!! Back Benchers!!! Why do we have 6 of them?, Maybe we should change the system where we have 7,Ministerial position so we never end up with more useless back benchers than ministers..
  • The Sufferers (23/04/2018, 19:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All we the sufferers are asking for is a change in the labour law so we can stop workers suffering by employers during the time of disaster..Show some care and love for the powerless and defenseless people
  • Yup (23/04/2018, 19:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    good questions but will they answer?
  • ras (23/04/2018, 20:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very important issues being faced in the BVI.
  • friend (23/04/2018, 20:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    the NDP government has mental issues
    • Honey bee (23/04/2018, 23:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Menopausal males = mental breakdowns and issues. I guess the hot flashes will kick in next.
  • Joe MoRyan (24/04/2018, 05:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Friend et al......No they do not.......
    It's a little worst thing that.
  • dead man (24/04/2018, 06:35) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's still a waste of time listening as Dr Smith will tell more lies
  • Clearly (24/04/2018, 09:23) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP is the most corrupt Government in the history of the BVI. No wonder the front bench doing well.
  • To Governor (24/04/2018, 09:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor your honey moon is over now get to work and investigate this yet another NDP corruption.
  • Youth (24/04/2018, 09:27) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    For less than this the police harassing we the youth man dem but the NDP gone with millions and the police don't even look into it. SMDH.
  • wow (24/04/2018, 09:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    If no one is investigated for this then I don't want to hear that no one else is arrested or investigated in the BVI. These ndp getting away with to much corruption.
  • local doctor (24/04/2018, 11:16) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply

    thanks Frazer for your questions, there is a lot of &h!t going on at the hospital that needs cleaning up

    • @local doctor (24/04/2018, 12:04) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Thank Frazer? You mean he just waking up. If it wasn't for Hon. Fahie on this and other issues then we the public will never know of the many questionable acts of this corrupt NDP. So we the people thank Hon. Fahie.


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