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Premier holds ‘productive’ meeting on VI-UK relationship & loan guarantee

- meets with Minister of State Lord Ahmad in UK
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, has met with Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord (Tariq M.) Ahmad, right, to discuss the Virgin Islands/United Kingdom relationship and the Loan Guarantee. Photo: Facebook
Many persons who voiced their opinions during the recent public consultations on the UK Loan Guarantee were of the view that the territory could survive without the Loan Guarantee, rather than ‘hand over power’ to the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO
Many persons who voiced their opinions during the recent public consultations on the UK Loan Guarantee were of the view that the territory could survive without the Loan Guarantee, rather than ‘hand over power’ to the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO
A damaged coastal road in Carrot Bay following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. The Virgin Islands has been rebuilding steadily from the devastation. Photo: VINO
A damaged coastal road in Carrot Bay following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. The Virgin Islands has been rebuilding steadily from the devastation. Photo: VINO
LONDON, United Kingdom- Described as productive and positive, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has met with Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord (Tariq M.) Ahmad of Wimbledon to discuss the Virgin Islands/United Kingdom relationship and the Loan Guarantee being offered by the United Kingdom (UK) for the rebuilding of the territory following the devastation by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

The leader of government business is in the UK with the main mission being to redefine the conditions surrounding the Loan Guarantee and its effect on the Protocols for Effective Financial Management as well as concerns with the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), which the VI government and many citizens have termed as a second government imposed by the UK.

During public consultations on the Loan Guarantee, Premier Fahie assured that the VI could not accept the Loan Guarantee unless certain terms were negotiated and placed in writing. Although, being positive about negotiations, Premier Fahie had said in the event the UK was not prepared to negotiate the conditions of the Loan Guarantee, he was prepared to take the matter to a referendum.

Many persons who voiced their opinions during the consultations were of the view that the VI could survive without the Loan Guarantee, rather than ‘hand over power’ to the UK.

Productive & positive meeting

On the Government of the Virgin Islands Facebook page today, September 12, 2019, Hon Fahie expressed optimism following his meeting with Lord Ahmad.

“I held highly productive and positive meetings with Lord Ahmad on the BVI-UK relationship and the loan guarantee,” Premier Fahie commented.

This, however, is just one of several meetings the Premier is expected to have on the Loan Guarantee while in the UK.

“Our constructive engagement with the United Kingdom will continue as we work to get the best for our Territory and the people of the Virgin Islands,” Hon Fahie continued.

See link to related article:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/premier-fahie-off-to-uk-to-seek-common-ground-on-loan-guarantee

5 Responses to “Premier holds ‘productive’ meeting on VI-UK relationship & loan guarantee”

  • one eye (12/09/2019, 14:20) Like (12) Dislike (17) Reply
    we are proud of our Premier do not mind those who hungry for power and trying to divide
  • Hmmm.. (12/09/2019, 17:08) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is productive? What changed?
    • Agree (12/09/2019, 20:48) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly!! What has changed? Enquiring minds want to know. This gentleman throws some words around very loosely.
      • Leadership Skills (13/09/2019, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Loosely throwing words around can be interpreted as lacking in Leadership. Yes as a country we are beautiful and special and we all love our country no matter its size etc. But as a country we are not powerful and shouldn't be loosely throwing around our words; especially when the Kitty is practically Empty There are times when Faking tough talk works; as n this example. During World War 2, Britain wasn't prepared for going to war. Prime minister, Winston Churchill, well aware of their unpreparedness made the most powerful speech of his priministership before parliament “We will fight them on the seas, oceans, hills, streets, and beaches — we will never surrender.”
  • 911 (13/09/2019, 06:55) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    Just happy fahie is there and not myrun


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