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February 17th, 2018
The dangers of short term thinking- Part A

Dickson Igwe

Post the Disasters of September 2017, the Virgin Islands requires long term thinking. The country must establish a long term economic planning model. In other words, a long term vision for these islands must be written in granite.

February 10th, 2018
'BVIslander must be at the forefront of revenue initiatives' - Winston E. Nibbs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Arguing that the Recovery and Development Plan put forward by the government lacks "bold, new initiatives" to generate revenues to repay the loans, former Permanent Secretary, Mr Julian Willock proposed four revenue driven ideas that can assist with the repayment of these loans.

February 8th, 2018
1074 households benefit from Financial Assistance Programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - One thousand and seventy four households have benefitted from the Financial Assistance Programme led by the BVI Red Cross with the support of the Government of the Virgin Islands.

February 8th, 2018
'Communication system needs immediate overhauling' - Sixth District resident

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - During the consultation meeting for the Recovery and Development Plan held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) in Baughers Bay, Tortola, a concerned resident expressed that the telecommunication system in the Virgin Islands should be addressed immediately.

February 7th, 2018
Over $800K to help affected employees of BEYC

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI– The Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) on Virgin Gorda (VG) raised over $800,000 to help over 100 affected employees and to lend support to the VG community with their recovery.

February 7th, 2018
Response to VI Recovery & Development Plan

Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson

It is with great interest and concern that I hereby provide my views on the proposed recovery and development plan (the “Plan”) for the [British] Virgin Islands (the “BVI”, the “Territory”) that I love and cherish. I have examined the situation of the Territory prior to the unprecedented weather conditions that occurred from August – September 2017 up to its current state. I have also looked at potentials for the future.

February 3rd, 2018
Strategic planning & high end tourism

Dickson Igwe

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the floods of September 2018, strategic economic planning for the Virgin Islands is no longer an option. Strategic, medium, and long term economic planning is the single route to development and prosperity for the Virgin Islands.

January 30th, 2018
Six months of crying out for help just to suffer in silence

Alred C. Frett

Life is a journey and we are travelers for better or worse:

It is almost 6 months post hurricane and a journey from East to West and North to South still shows the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria… Vivid details are still fresh in everyone’s mind and each have stories to tell but their stories are the same as yours and mine because we were all in this together and while no one expected miracles most believe
there should be far more progress.

January 27th, 2018
Economic planning in an austere culture

Dickson Igwe

Effective long term strategic economic planning, specific to a country’s customs, traditions, and culture, is great for everyone: national stakeholders, citizens, employees, employers, businessmen, investors, and governments. However, any type of economic planning for the [British] Virgin Islands must take into account the various nuances, arguments, and discussions, of contemporary western economics.

January 13th, 2018
Irma & creative destruction

Dickson Igwe

The following story highlights the centrality of economics in disaster recovery, post Hurricane Irma, for the Virgin Islands. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, add major floods, devastated the Virgin Islands in September 2017. The country is under threat of a long economic recession owing to the September disasters. The correct and appropriate application of economics- scarce resource management- holds the answers to a short recession and full recovery.



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