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Names of working recovery group revealed

- Recovery Agency Board mandated by UK to be taken to HoA for approval
Dr Robert A. Mathavious (left), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission and Clarence M. Faulkner (right), Chairman of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands, have been named to the Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Brodrick Penn (left), Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC) and Dwayne J. Strawn will be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) to make up the Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Brodrick Penn (left), Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC) and Dwayne J. Strawn will be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) to make up the Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance announced some of the names that makes up the interim board or ‘working group’ that will be tasked with selecting that Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance announced some of the names that makes up the interim board or ‘working group’ that will be tasked with selecting that Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Sharleen S. DaBreo (left), Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and Retired Permanent Secretary Clyde Lettsome (right) will be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) to make up the Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
Sharleen S. DaBreo (left), Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and Retired Permanent Secretary Clyde Lettsome (right) will be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) to make up the Recovery Agency Board. Photo: VINO/File
WICKHAM'S CAY I, Tortola, VI – During a press conference on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Office of the Premier, located in the Central Administration Complex, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, announced some of the names that make up the ‘working group’ to man ongoing recovery efforts.

And just as this news site had first and accurately reported on February 6, 2018 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission Dr Robert A. Mathavious is one of the leading men in the group. 

A Recovery Agency Board was stipulated by the United Kingdom (UK) in order for the Virgin Islands government to receive guarantees for loans to go towards the rebuilding efforts following hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

The strict measures were outlined in the High Level Framework for UK Support for VI Hurricane Recovery where the United Kingdom (UK) called for full level of transparency and accountability of monies spent for the recovery.

The ‘working group’ includes: Dr Mathavious; Sharleen S. DaBreo, Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM); Mr Brodrick Penn, Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC); Clarence M. Faulkner, Chairman of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands; Dwayne J. Strawn, Retired Permanent Secretary, Clyde Lettsome; Maria Mays of the Governor's Office and David Morris.

A representative from Virgin Gorda will also be included.

The Premier stated during the press conference that the official Recovery Agency Board will be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) for approval.

“The Agency’s sole responsibility is to be accountable to all stakeholders for the implementation of the plan through an effective, efficient and transparent process. This Agency, established through legislation, managed by a board, and supported by a professional support team of technical experts and managers, will be responsible for ensuring that the activities underlying the Recovery and Development Plan are carried out. The Agency will have a limited five to seven year mandate; essentially the life of the plan to be approved by the House of Assembly,” explained the Premier.

Responding to questions from the media, the Premier stated that his government is currently working on a budget for the operation of the agency.

Premier Smith said, “We have not determined as yet the monies that would be necessary for the function of the board. This is something that we are working on and this is what the working group will be doing. Establishing the perimeters, the budget that is necessary for the board to function."

An interim group has in the meantime been formed to run ongoing recovery efforts until the Agency is established by law.

“On my instruction, a working group has been working through the intricacies that will be required for the Agency to be stood up, through informal gatherings for the past month or so.”

See link to related article:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/has-the-recovery-agency-board-been-named

18 Responses to “Names of working recovery group revealed”

  • Gumption.Official (16/02/2018, 12:57) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    To the members of the board. On December 1st 2017 I attended an event in Bahamas where over a million was raised. I know others was raised all over as well but I’m focusing on the one I personally attended. Part of the recovery should be our youths. If the youths not in mind there’s no recovery. That being said. Please used some of that money and build programs like (YEP) Youth Empowerment Program. Every district needs one. I’m challenging all the members on board to look into the mention funding and after it’s located to use some of it or all of it directly into our youths.
  • ... (16/02/2018, 12:58) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    the same people who have failed us before
  • one eye (16/02/2018, 13:45) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Poor we board is a fraud
  • VI Diva (16/02/2018, 13:57) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the population of the BVI??? Can anyone else get a shot in the BVI??? How many boards can the same people sit on??????????????
  • NO I WON'T (16/02/2018, 14:14) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I REFUSE TO CALL THEM A SET OF LAME DUCKS
  • Patriotic (16/02/2018, 14:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pls board members. ,give the people and tourist some relieve. Fix the road network permanently. This issue been plaguing the mirroring public pre hurricane. It just got worse post hurricane.
    The government by now should at least re install all traffic lights. This is unacceptable.
  • ah dat me say (16/02/2018, 15:09) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    it seems as the same set of people are always selected as if no one else live in the BVI and I am certain they ain't gonna volunteer their service for the good of the country
  • Semantics (16/02/2018, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Actually, the names revealed above in the statement was not for the 'board' as it sounds in this article. It's actually the 'agency' not a 'board' and names above are the potential members of the 'working group'. There's a difference between the agency and the working group. This working group is suppose to augment in the creation of the board which is being advertised.
    • Hmmmm (16/02/2018, 17:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of these people DO NOT live in the BVI and DO NOT feel our pain. They come in take and leave. Don't be fooled. Wolves in SHeep clothing in the midst
  • street reporter. (16/02/2018, 15:21) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Doc you awake..You are now leading. Great. Time to stop letting those 4 lead you.. Doc you are a good man but your gang making you look bad..I'm happy you are now taking the bull by the horn and lead.
  • STRUPES! (16/02/2018, 15:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    NO WONDER WE ARE DEAD IN THE WATER
  • Sted (16/02/2018, 16:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this government think that Britains eyes and ears are closed let them try to do as they were doing before. The only person who might be suitable for such from that group is Mactavious. The other members of government named is a joke. Will Mactavious be removed from the Financial Services? The same people the popu
    Lace have been complaining about are the premiers choice. He does not seem to want progress and accountability. We need persons in that group that understands recovery. The ministers of government must be hands off.
  • David (16/02/2018, 16:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My Boi don't forget to mention the Airport expansion.
  • Three stooges cousin (16/02/2018, 16:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Recycled material do get worn out. Time to remove the trash. And people stop acting surprise when this wasted government recycle their cronies.
  • SHAME (16/02/2018, 17:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well look at what the BVI has come to. I mean why is there then a premiers office and a ministry of communication of works and other ministries.
  • big question (16/02/2018, 18:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the 1st lady behind the curtain pulling strings???
  • service (17/02/2018, 07:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not pull someone from every district 1-9 to make up these groups so everyone in the BVII would be represented. This government hoping you all stay asleep. Campaigning start I guess. Sigh..relief for who they want.


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