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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).

July 29th, 2018
Missing, incomplete documents stall Pier Project Forensic Audit—Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The promised detailed forensic audit into the Cruise Pier Project—plagued by a more than $40M cost overrun—has been stalled since, “information requested or referred to in the report has not been located or would need to be corroborated by persons no longer connected with the BVIPA (BVI Ports Authority).”

December 13th, 2017
Uppercut! Hon Ronnie W. Skelton should lead Finance- Hon Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- He may be a first termer but he can throw a solid punch it has turned out, as Second District Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Backbencher Hon Melvin M. Turnbull stood up to his boss, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in the House of Assembly (HoA) moments ago, December 13, 2017, virtually telling him he was unfit to be the Minister of Finance.

November 21st, 2017
'Dr Smith is ill prepared for Finance portfolio'- John I Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In another bombshell statement from a National Democratic Party (NDP) member, Bishop John I. Cline has told an online radio station that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is not capable of running the Finance Ministry portfolio and "only his pride have him holding on to it."

June 8th, 2017
There needs to be a 're-shuffling of our entire' NDP Gov't - Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The trumpet continues to be sounded for Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to give up the position as Minister of Finance.

June 2nd, 2017
Forbes in FS seat from June 6, 2017; Smith will not return as FS

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom can confirm that former long-time civil servant, Attorney-at-Law and co-founder of Forbes Hare Mr Glenroy A. Forbes will take on the role of Financial Secretary (FS) effective Tuesday June 6, 2017. This is according to our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources who confirmed that Mr Forbes “now has his letter.”

April 3rd, 2017
Ministry of Finance & Auditor General conflict of interest?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Days after the Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith proceeded on vacation leave, there seems to be inexperience showing its head at the Ministry of Finance.

March 31st, 2017
Is there a hunt for a replacement Financial Secretary?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was from Monday March 27, 2017 that Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith took his vacation, saying it was his choice to do so.

March 20th, 2017
More lies coming from the Smith Government; FS takes the blame!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In the age of alternate facts, fake news (Donald J. Trump Administration) media fact checkers and leaks inside governments all over the world, the Virgin Islands Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) struggles to keep up with the truth.

January 6th, 2017
‘I agree with Ms P; Give Ronnie MF & Dr Smith should listen’- John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In another bombshell and candid answer, there has been yet another call for new leadership of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), along with an immediate switch in portfolio, giving former Finance [2003-2007] Minister Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) the portfolio of Finance.

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