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‘I’m not a friend of the RDA’- Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones

- But said the territory has to learn to manage its finances better
Outspoken local resident and social commentator Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’ has made it known she is not a supporter of the controversial Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) but said the territory needs to manage its finances better. Photo: VINO
Premier Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the United Kingdom was not doing its job in monitoring the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, yet looking to penalise the territory under the new government. Photo: VINO
Premier Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the United Kingdom was not doing its job in monitoring the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, yet looking to penalise the territory under the new government. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the consultation meeting on the UK Loan Guarantee at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, on August 20, 2019. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the consultation meeting on the UK Loan Guarantee at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, on August 20, 2019. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Outspoken local resident and social commentator Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’ has made it known she is not a supporter of the controversial Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) but said the territory needs to manage its finances better.

With the United Kingdom (UK) Loan Guarantee now a major public discussion, the government must decide if to take up the £300 million in loan guarantees and £10 million in grants for hurricane rebuilding efforts—one that comes with UK stipulations—or whether to fund the rebuilding efforts on its own.

Still undecided, the Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the government is looking to renegotiate certain aspects of its relationship with the UK regarding financial accountability, which according to the leader of government Business, will prevent constitutional conflicts with some of the UK imposed stipulations surrounding the guarantee.

‘I’m on your side’ – Cindy tells Premier Fahie  

Speaking at the consultation meeting on the UK Loan Guarantee at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, on August 20, 2019, Mrs Rosan-Jones inquired on how much the government has spent so far on recovery.

The Premier said that while the UK has rightfully given grants “let us not sell ourselves short even with the last government, because we also helped with our recovery through keeping the public servants hired, so nobody putting more to the recovery than us which is 300 and odd million," he said.

“I’m on your side,” remarked Rosan-Jones; however, the Premier noted that it would be difficult to tally up the total the VI invested in its recovery because it would start from public servants salary and go up.

The Premier reiterated to loud applause that the United Kingdom was not doing its job of monitoring the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, yet looking to penalise the territory under the new government.

'We don’t need the loan' – Rosan-Jones

“It’s easy to clap but I think we need to learn to keep ourselves in check,” Rosan-Jones remarked. Premier Fahie pointed out that over the years his mantra has always been that its either the VI police itself, or someone else will do it. 

Speaking on the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) and its role in the territory, she said, “I’m not a friend of the RDA, I’m not a supporter.” She further accused the RDA of gambling with the children’s future.  

“In effect then, we don’t need a loan,” Rosan-Jones pointed by saying that the VI is already on the road to recovery. Expressing doubt that the UK government has intentions of taking over the territory she said, "They have their own issues going on, so I don't know what they can do for us."

11 Responses to “‘I’m not a friend of the RDA’- Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones”

  • She reminds of (22/08/2019, 17:34) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    She reminds me of the Premier. After losing the election he was still engaged into what was happening. Out of all the other dead horses from this year election she’s the ONLY one who’s been vocal on really issues. I still can’t believe some people was really trying to hire Dirky, Tall boi from customs, Mr. Decastro etc to lead us. lol at those individuals today and what they’re doing today; I’m happy you’ll put common sense over popularity. Not a supporter of Cindy but I respect her passion. Who knows what the future holds.
    • blah (22/08/2019, 18:40) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      I'm not a big fan of hers but I respect the people that keep the conversations alive in the BVI. That's why I respect Natalio and Shania to some degree as well. Whether in talk shows or some kinda commentary they talk about what's going on whether we agree or not. I hate when people only come around when it is election time trying to insult our intelligence.
      • Bad Motives (23/08/2019, 01:48) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
        My issue is that the Recovery Funds is for RECOVERY. That's why we have the RDA.

        The Premier should be seeking ways to help the RDA meet its goals. Not trying to disband it so that he could have our Recovery money to play with. Let the RDA people do their jobs.

        This little nation's recovery is too important to be playing politics with.
        • We you listening (23/08/2019, 08:35) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
          The Premier explicitly stated that "He is not against the RDA" and "he has no problem with recovery fund going through the RDA". As a matter of fact he said he welcomes persons who wish to donate to our recovery to donate to the RDA. His issue is there are no checks and balances for the RDA. The are self governed. Currently at $400k in monthly expenses (inclusive of salary). They have 40 employees, most who are government employees that left for higher pay. The RDA was funded by the UK at a tune of 6.8m lbs. At a rate of $400k per month, there are only funded for about 3 years, when the RDA is in place for 5 years. Who will fund the RDA once the one time injections of UK funds run out?
          • Are You paying attention? (23/08/2019, 09:49) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
            The Premier's entire motive is to have access to the RDA funds.
  • the heat is on (22/08/2019, 18:01) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    @ she reminds of
    I am with you 100% what a set ,can you really believe the way in which those people destroy this country ,we were at one time the envy of the entire Caribbean wow
  • asking for a friend (22/08/2019, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where is her party?
    • Good Question (23/08/2019, 06:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The rest was never once had true interest. Them let she go on how she go on right or wrong but they don’t support her. They don’t comment on her post/share or back she up. Hope she notice that.
  • games (23/08/2019, 06:12) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP or VIP the rules for RDA control would have been the same.. Stop sounding look like they picking on VIP.. Corruption has no statue limitations... I can tell you corruption investigation is still going on... We bring this on ourselves VIP and NDP with years of reckless trickful spending.. The government now need to win the trust and confidence not just of Britain but the people back. That should be the government focus. Build good working relationship with RDA.. Make your case for projects that's important to the government.. Let's move forward now with our development and recovery.. Too much unnecessary delay have us in slow march.
  • wize up (23/08/2019, 07:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    poor political leadership brought the RDA to our territory: one of the vexing matters in the territory is enforcement no one wants to follow the letter of the laws and no one wants wants to enforce the laws: something went wrong over the years because the territory move away from grant in air aid back in 1975(freedom to manage our financial affairs) we are in 2019!!!!!!
  • run baby run (23/08/2019, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    she needs to run of shuit up!


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