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NDP put all energies to return banking on VG - Dr Smtih

- says Fahie Administration finished what his Gov't started
With the return of banking via Banco Popular to the sister island of Virgin Gorda after over 1 year without such services, former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith said his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government started the efforts and did all it could to bring banking back to the island. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) on the sidelines of the event said that as a resident of VG she was excited and pleased seeing banking finally return. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) on the sidelines of the event said that as a resident of VG she was excited and pleased seeing banking finally return. Photo: Facebook/GIS
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - With the return of banking via Banco Popular to the sister island of Virgin Gorda after over 1 year without the service, former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith said his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government started the efforts and did all it could to bring banking back to the island.

The former Premier was at the time speaking to the Government Information Service (GIS) on the sidelines of the November 6, 2019, launch of Banco Popular in Valley, VG. 

NDP started the effort - Dr Smith 

In early August 2018, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) had reported that the Scotiabank branch on Virgin Gorda (VG) was closing its door by the end of that month.

The bank officially closed on September 1, 2018, with Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith (AL)in explaining the reason for the closuresaying that a revision of the bank’s mode of operation had been introduced regionally with greater emphasis on digital banking.

At the launch of Banco Popular, Dr Smith said that it was important that people in all communities have access to banking, as such, banking services are especially needed for people who live on the separate islands of the territory given the time and resources needed to travel to Tortola for those services.

"We saw it as a government and the government that came after us saw it as that important. And so, we put all our energies into getting this started," Dr Smith told GIS. 

VG Brings Revenues 

Meanwhile, Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) said that as a resident of VG she was excited and pleased to see banking finally return.

"We've been without a bank for a long time, and as you know, Virgin Gorda as the Premier [Andrew A. Fahie (R1)] said, provides a lot of revenue to the government as well." 

"It is a red-letter day for the entire Virgin Islands," she said. The Junior Minister for Tourism also noted that it is important that banking is now available for residents of the island and especially for tourists. 

25 Responses to “NDP put all energies to return banking on VG - Dr Smtih”

  • please (09/11/2019, 17:42) Like (35) Dislike (18) Reply
    Doc go back in your sunset from letting your other half making you to start lying again.
  • Wait a minute (09/11/2019, 17:44) Like (43) Dislike (11) Reply
    Orlando knew more than a year ago that Scotia Bank was closing before it closed and did nothing of significance now here talking piddle.
  • People (09/11/2019, 17:45) Like (54) Dislike (9) Reply
    Doc told us when he was in office that National Bank was going Virgin gorda now he's here trying to take credit for Banco Popular.
  • Truth (09/11/2019, 17:47) Like (39) Dislike (8) Reply
    Let us be real. Doc you and your NDP had no interest in the people other than your own pockets. Just admit that Fahie's effort sealed the deal because your efforts were going no where.
  • Who cares!!! (09/11/2019, 18:01) Like (31) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well in my view, you have failed... as you were unable to bring it to fruition while you were in power! You & the esteem team were to busy mishandling government funds!!! Your pocket is already fat, so please go away!!!
  • Patriotic (09/11/2019, 18:35) Like (43) Dislike (6) Reply
    I lost all respect for this man as a politician. he failed us miserably esp after the storms. its like bvi govt non existent .
  • tola (09/11/2019, 19:44) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    Doc you too lie
  • Go away you kill the bvi (09/11/2019, 20:50) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    This dude Orlando still around stuppps
  • ndp (10/11/2019, 01:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Doc those VIPiranhas going eat you alive
  • Name chandler (10/11/2019, 02:19) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    This former leader of the National Dose of Poison needs to quit while it's possible. Weakest leader this country ever had. Go siddung for God in heaven sake. As the bank open you have a voice all of a sudden. Go siddung please.
  • Rugrats (10/11/2019, 03:35) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Bunch of troublemakers that ndp gang
  • BA (10/11/2019, 06:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The longest liver will see the MOST. I am from here
  • I man I (10/11/2019, 07:12) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Don’t know where you came from all of a sudden but it’s best you continue to sit happily at home and maintain your silence. If you chooses to come public with any truthful statement, the people will be most interested in getting the full truth about BVI Airways and our 7.2 million dollars.
  • Hmmm (10/11/2019, 07:53) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Unusual move for Doc. at tis juncture.
    He must know something brewing and a good stew for us under the current leadership.
    Hmmmm.
  • Jordana (10/11/2019, 08:20) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree with ALL of the comments here so far, and I would add my 2 cents but we are beating a dead horse with Dr. Smith..I still don’t understand how Premier Fahie and His Ministers never took a public vote for the renaming of Peebles hospital.. bad taste and I would assume in many others mouth as well.. a “wing” yes for he did a lot as a doctor and he more than deserves that respect, but not the whole hospital.. smh.. lol at “name chandler’s renaming NDP acronym.
    • taste (10/11/2019, 13:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      No bad taste in my mouth. We should all be so giving as Dr Smith and his family.
      I know people who would be dead if it wasn't for him. Money or nno money,he gave the sick his utmost. Bless him and his family.
      • Local (10/11/2019, 18:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO NAD TO TRAVEL BY FOOT OR HORSE AT NIGHT ALL OVER THE ISLAND ARE THEIR SERVICE FORGOTTEN.
    • Dulce (10/11/2019, 14:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Madam Jordana, permit me the liberty of assuming that you are a woman scorned. Get over it my dear. Your broken heart does not belong on your sleeve and bitterness is an age inducer..
    • @Jordana (10/11/2019, 14:46) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      What other naming did they take a vote for? Whether or not they had named an inch or all the hospital,from what I could tell,Smith would be the same as he had always been..cool,gentle,unruffled and confident ,assured and intelligent.. A hospital name would not make him or break him. He is evidently a man comfortable with his intrinsic self and no newcomer to being in VI high society. Says a lot that he hat no need for 24 hour tax paid personal armed security at home or abroad.
  • @Jordana (10/11/2019, 11:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep in mind or perhaps be informed that not only the hospital,but all of the VI,.This family has contributed positively to all aspects of life in these islands. They are always the initiators and many times with no compensation. To begrudge his name on the hospital is quite a vision of your lack less soul. Get to know the history of the VI and who sustained and kept the vigil til it took fruit. These sons and daughters could never ever be honoured to the extent that they have given and deserve.
  • fscts (10/11/2019, 12:13) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    DOC IS TELLING THE TRUTH WE SO IGNORANT TO FACTS. THERE WAS DICUSSIONS WITH BANCO POPULAR GOING TO VG. ONE OF THE ISSUE WAS THE LEASING.AGREEMENT WITH SCOTIA BANK.

    VIP IN FOR JUST A COUPLE IF MONTHS YOU REALLY THINK THAT THIS AGREEMENT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT WITH THE ISSUE WITH SCOTIA BANK.

    BANCO HAD TO ENSURE THAT THEIR SPOT IS SECURED. FURTHET HOW VG PEOPLE HAVE SHORT MEMORY.

    IS SCOTIA THE FIRST BANK TO LEFT? WHAT ABOUT FIRST BANK AND CIBC FIRST CARIBBEAN? THEY WERE THERE BEFORE AND LEFT.

    MAYBE IT IS JUST NOT PROFITABLE FOR THEM OR MAJOR TRANSACTIONS LIKE LOANS FOR MORGAGES, BUSINESS AND PROPERTY CANNOT BE DONE IN VG
    • Nah (10/11/2019, 15:36) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Fahie clicked his heels and poof..a bank on VG.
      These overzealous blind at any cost VIP supporters lack reasoning and common sense skills.
      Not a good look for their Party trying to force credit where it does not and could not belong.
  • open wide (11/11/2019, 06:12) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lot of them ndp man should be lucky they are not in jail
  • I think the bvi need more local bank (11/11/2019, 07:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Musa say start with Ralph o neal bank in vg ,if this man take all his money out from the bank in tortola he will have the best bank in v g and we will get a 1000 job in no time


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