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OT Director in VI to monitor UK support

November 8th, 2018 | Tags: Director for Overseas Territories Ben Merrick
Newly appointed Director for Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Ben Merrick is currently on a four day visit to the Territory. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Newly appointed Director for Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Ben Merrick, is currently on a four day visit to the Territory during which time he is expected to have a special focus on focus on governance, financial services and the recovery of the Virgin Islands (VI).

Mr Merrick during his four day visit which began yesterday November 7, 2018, will meet with the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), the VI Cabinet, the Leader of the Opposition and members of the Financial Services Industry.

He is also expected to visit several Government departments and agencies, including the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the BVI Ports Authority, the BVI Airports Authority and the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA).

Monitor UK Spending  

Mr Merrick will also use the opportunity of the visit to observe the impact of the significant financial and technical support from the United Kingdom (UK) since last year’s hurricanes, including helping to rebuild the Territory’s infrastructure, namely water and electricity services, the courts, the police, the prison and housing repairs for some of the most vulnerable in society.

The Director will also use the opportunity to discuss how the UK’s further offers of grant funding and loan guarantees will be used to support VI’s recovery and development.

Mr Merrick’s visit follows an earlier visit by the former Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad in July. 

He departs the Territory on Friday, November 9, 2018.


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