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October 2nd, 2019
VI renews call for grants under SIDS initiative

NEW YORK, USA - Special Envoy of Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Mr E. Benito Wheatley has renewed the Virgin Islands’ (VI) call for inclusion in international support to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the High-Level Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York on September 27, 2019.

July 10th, 2019
VI wants deeper partnership with UNDP - E. Benito Wheatley

NEW YORK, USA – Mr E. Benito Wheatley, the Virgin Islands (VI) Special Envoy for the Government, has hailed the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a key partner in supporting the territory’s recovery and development after the hurricanes of 2017.

May 6th, 2019
Premier Fahie attends UN meeting on 'eradicating colonialism'

SAINT GEORGE‘S, Grenada – With external regulatory pressures mounting on the Caribbean region and especially on British Overseas Territories (OTs), Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said he had a productive meeting when regional and other global leaders met at a UN Special Committee on Decolonisation seminar held in Saint George’s, Grenada.

April 25th, 2019
VI pays courtesy call on UN Decolonisation Chair

NEW YORK, USA – Amidst external pressures from the UK on certain issues such as removing belongership status and legalizing same-sex marriages in British Overseas Territories (OTs), Mr E. Benito Wheatley, Special Envoy of the Virgin Islands (VI) Government, has paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency, Ambassador Keisha A. McGuire, Esq, Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (also known as the C24).

March 10th, 2019
UK Gov’t support of OTs welcoming - E. Benito Wheatley

WESTMINSTER, London, UK – Even with mounting pressure from the United Kingdom (UK) to regulate British Overseas Territories (OT’s) in areas like removing belongership status, legalising same-sex marriages and implementing the public beneficial ownership registries, former UK Representative for the Virgin Islands, E. Benito Wheatley says it is welcoming that the UK Government remains committed to the recovery of Caribbean OTs.

January 19th, 2019
VI scholar issues call for more Debates among Candidates

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The call for debates among Candidates vying to become Legislators of the Virgin Islands (VI), ahead of the 2019 General Election, is reverberating more across the Territory.

December 19th, 2018
VI’s financial independence must be celebrated - E. Benito Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the introduction of the Virgin Islands (VI) Ministerial Government in 1967, finance was not a portfolio devolved to the elected Government.

December 3rd, 2018
VI must reflect on financial independence achieved 40 years ago

By E. Benito Wheatley

It should not be taken for granted that the Virgin Islands (BVI) is today financially self-sufficient or that the Government’s finances are managed by a Minister of Finance, appointed from among the elected representatives of the Legislature (i.e. House of Assembly).

August 15th, 2018
‘Public Registers’ danger demand greater focus & investment in VI Tourism—Wheatley

NEW YORK, NY, USA – There are serious economic and financial implications for the Virgin Islands (VI), as a consequence of the United Kingdom's (UK) decision, to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the Overseas Territories (OTs), and in order to compensate, Tourism will have to take on a much more prominent role as a driver of economic growth in the medium and longer term.

August 14th, 2018
Re-balancing the VI economy in wake of 'Public Registers Decision'

By E. Benito Wheatley

There are very serious economic and financial implications for the Virgin Islands (VI), as a consequence of the United Kingdom's (UK) decision, to impose public registers of beneficial ownership (public registers) on the Overseas Territories (OTs).

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