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'Irma exposed us to strengths we forgot we had' - Premier

- Gov't looking to build resilience in various sectors of the local economy
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
According to the Premier, the government is looking to create an environment of sustainable jobs for citizens in whatever career they choose, having easy access to the opportunities for education, training and development so that they can pursue dreams and can get high value for their earnings. Photo: VINO/File
According to the Premier, the government is looking to create an environment of sustainable jobs for citizens in whatever career they choose, having easy access to the opportunities for education, training and development so that they can pursue dreams and can get high value for their earnings. Photo: VINO/File
Hurricane Irma had wreaked havoc in the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Hurricane Irma had wreaked havoc in the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the Virgin Islands (VI) makes steps towards it full recovery from the perils of hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, building resilience remains the focus of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration, according to Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a statement released early Wednesday morning, October 23, 2019.

"Irma and Maria exposed to us strengths that we forgot we had. Other circumstances require us to re-evaluate not only what we are doing, but how we are doing it," the Premier said in his statement entitled 'BVI on Development Path Looking Towards Regional Cooperation.' 

Putting Resilience into Context 

According to the Premier, in seeking to build resilience, the territory must examine what it means in the context of the realities the Virgin Islands faces as an "Overseas Territory located in the middle of the vast, deep, blue ocean 4000 miles away from our Mother-land."

Other factors he said included, the VI "as a Small Island Developing State that is exposed to climate change and violent cyclones; as a member of the Caribbean Community that experiences some of the same challenges as we do; and, most importantly, as a people who wish to be in control of our destiny and to prosper." 

"Our mission today must be to spark a transformation locally and regionally and create an environment where all of our people enjoy a high quality of life, characterised by a feeling of reasonable happiness, comfort and security," he said.

He continued, the government is looking to create an environment of sustainable jobs for citizens in whatever career they choose, having easy access to the opportunities for education, training and development so that they can pursue dreams and can get high value for their earnings. 

Diversified Economy 

"In the BVI we must strive for a very productive, sound diversified economy that is not easily shaken; one which would provide financial security, empower our people and relieve them of being unnecessarily dependent on others," Hon Fahie underscored in seeking a path of regional integration and working with Caribbean neighbours. 

He said the goal can be achieved by strengthening the territory's value chain and forming strategic mutually-beneficial partnerships with close allies, "who have a lot to offer as well as to benefit from such arrangements, and who can empathise with our point of view." 

 

12 Responses to “'Irma exposed us to strengths we forgot we had' - Premier ”

  • opposition (23/10/2019, 11:30) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Up to yet nothing new to bring in new revenues to the country
  • school children (23/10/2019, 12:41) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    One thing that man knows how to be in the media lol
  • VIP working (23/10/2019, 13:54) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Fahie has accomplished so much in 8 short months

    l shape building at hs
    Students back in school full time

    Three new schools built
    Consumer protection bill
    Answering questions in the hoa unlike the corrupt ndp
    West end dock. Increments paid to most civil servants. Look 8 shorts months

    Land turn over to college after 28 years
  • mischief (23/10/2019, 18:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    Premier and Minister of weekly statements

  • @mischief (24/10/2019, 07:13) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Premier and minister of daily statement you mean.
    Trying so hard to impress.
  • Strupes (24/10/2019, 09:10) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    more talking than action.
  • haters (24/10/2019, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Haters gonna hate. Because of Fahie the cruse ships are coming back. Norwegian had completely abandoned us. Fahie brought them back He brought back Royal Caribbean too. Because of Fahie training programmes for marine sector was launched so our young people can get training and qualify for jobs. Because of Fahie, the have started 1,000 jobs in 1,000 days to place persons in jobs.. and people are being placed in jobs. Keep on hating.
  • system (24/10/2019, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Opposition I shall be heard in silence!... you need to pay a stupity tax, you like tax so...$800 out of every $400 you make.
  • John (25/10/2019, 05:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to all the pledged monies we were receiving after storm it was over 100 million!!!?
    Did we reject these monies? Have the donors pulled out after the process?
    West end was supposed to have a grand terminal we had a donor agreeing to pay half of the cost.
    Tell what's going on!
  • Outsider (25/10/2019, 22:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m afraid I don’t have the patience for the sort of empty slogans and rhetoric he goes on with.

    And the VI is not a “developing” state. Get a grip man. It’s a very wealthy territory. Unevenly distributed wealth, no doubt.


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