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HoA meets Thursday July 19, 2018; More BVI Airways questions

The Sixth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly will meet on Thursday July 19, 2018. Hon Andrew A Fahie (R1) and Julian Fraser (R3) to ask over 30 questions. Photo: VINO File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Territory’s House of Assembly (HoA) will meet at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday July 19, 2018 in the Sixth Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly.

Both Opposition members will again have questions for the Government of the day.

Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is going back again on the scandal riddled BVI Airways, with some $7.2M out the door with no accountability.

BVI Airways?

He is to ask the outgoing Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), “given that BVI Airways was paid outside the agreed schedule of payment, inform this House, if Cabinet approved the decision by the Minister of Finance and by extension the payment of seven million dollars to BVI Airways, prior to the payment being made, or retroactively?”

The former Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), who is still the Premier, is to be asked also by Hon Fahie about the other NDP scandal riddled project, with an overrun of close to $40 Million dollars.

Cruise Pier Project

Hon Fahie will ask Dr Smith, “to please give a detailed report of the progress on the forensic audit commissioned by the Government on the Cruise Pier Project? What has caused the delays? When will the report be made public? What is the total amount paid to date to KPMG to do the audit and In lieu of the answer please state what is the balance to be paid to KPMG?”

Hon Fraser asks?

Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) wants to know from Premier Smith “‘why on numerous occasions, both the Premier and persons speaking on his behalf have said that we, “BVI”, will not make a Beneficial Ownership Register Public until it becomes a Global Standard, and could the Premier please tell the public: a) What is meant by becoming Global Standard? b) What does he mean that he will not make the Register Public by the time specified by the UK?  c) If it is his intention to have a confrontation with the UK Government by defying their directive?”

There are over 30 other questions on the Order Paper from both Hons Fahie and Fraser. The HoA will be carried live on 90.9 FM station.

3 Responses to “HoA meets Thursday July 19, 2018; More BVI Airways questions”

  • Political Observer (PO) (18/07/2018, 21:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it so difficult to provide a timely and proper accounting of taxpayer money., ie, $7.2M BVI Airways give away, $40M cost overrun on TPP, $1.2M ESHS Wall......etc. The supposed impact of the registers on beneficial ownership was provided in short order, ie loss of 2300 jobs, lost of $250M on GDP, and $1B increase in debt so why is it taking so long for KPMG to report out eg on TPP?

    If the VI refuse to comply with the beneficial ownership register, will the UK takeover the V.I., suspending internal government operation? Are there plans in the offing for V.I. to go independent? There needs to be an in-depth national discussion on independence; it needs to be put to a national referendum. A task force needs to be established to provide options, recommendations and plans of action.
  • weed (19/07/2018, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they still will not answer the question truthfully
  • wize up (20/07/2018, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why can’t the member simply ask the former director some of these questions after all their are on the same party:

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