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April 27th, 2018
'$50M loan agreement is not something you glance through'- Hon Christian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), Junior Minister for Tourism, during the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday April 26, 2018, expressed that there must be an “informal” meeting with all the members of the House to understand documents that need approval in the House especially when it is debating something as important as borrowing $50 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

April 27th, 2018
‘Labour Dept needs kudos from all around’- Hon Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many persons have been pointing their fingers at Labour Department for their alleged slothfulness in processing work permits, which have in turn resulted in long lines at Immigration Department, mainly due to persons having to frequently go to get more time to remain in the Territory while their work permits are processed, Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) believes Labour Department has been doing a great job.

April 26th, 2018
Opposition Leader objects as Q&A pushed back again in HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the Fourth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) today, Thursday April 26, 2018, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), moved a motion to push back the question and answer section on the order of the day to be addressed after the Budget debate.

April 26th, 2018
Tales from Tortola- Part III

Thomas C. Famous

On Monday March 19, 2018 I attended the reading of the [British] Virgin Islands Budget 2018-2019. Having just finished our own budget session in Bermuda, I was interested in witnessing their procedures.

April 23rd, 2018
BVI Airways, tax evasion probe among Opposition's questions @ April 26-27 HoA Sitting!

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.

April 12th, 2018
Tales from Tortola, VI Pt 1

Thomas C. Famous

As I sat on my porch looking out towards Guana Island, I contemplated on my time surrounded by fresh mountain air, fresh Caribbean dishes, friends and tons of family.

April 10th, 2018
Standing Finance Committee continues at HoA Chambers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee continues at the Chambers in Road Town, Tortola which began last week. It is also the continuation of the Second Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly.

March 30th, 2018
Honourable Members of the HOA of the VI

Thomas C. Famous

Writers note:

On Monday March 19, 2018 I was given the rare and distinct privilege to be invited to sit within the Parliamentary Chambers of the House of Assembly of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) during their 2018-2019 Budget Statement.

March 26th, 2018
‘Unsatisfactory & disrespectful’ that Members show up late for HoA- Moses-Scatliffe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was only on March 1, 2018 that Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) had blasted Members of the House of Assembly for always arriving late for sittings.

March 23rd, 2018
'Do we need to repeat the BVI Airways saga?'- Hon Archibald C. Christian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Do we need to repeat the BVI Airways saga, where individuals have gone with $7.2M of our money and there is no airline flying? And we waiting for them to tell us what they did with our money? Months ago they were supposed to be flying. Again, I came to this House and I put my neck on the chopping block and supported that initiative, only to find out that there were information that I was never privy to. I stop making decisions without information. I am sorry.”


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