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Premier sets Sunday national address on Immigration & labour

- Will be aired today, June 2, 2019, on CBN TV & ZBVI 780am Radio @ 5pm
After taking to the public airways last evening Saturday, June 1, 2019, to explain the amendments to the bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will deliver a national address today, Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 5pm. Photo: GIS/File
Left to Right: Host and Social Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780AM on June 1, 2019, along with Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer, Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie, and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone. Photo: Team of Reporters
Left to Right: Host and Social Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780AM on June 1, 2019, along with Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer, Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie, and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After taking to the public airways last evening Saturday, June 1, 2019, to explain the amendments to the bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will deliver a national address today, Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 5pm.

Word coming into the Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) news centre is that Premier Fahie is expected to give a broad outline of the Virgin Island Party (VIP’s) administration plans for comprehensive Immigration and Labour reform, a journey which has begun with the current discussion on regularization.

Gov’t taking bold steps

“While all previous governments sidestepped this difficult issue, to, may I say, the detriment of all BVIslanders; this government has taken the bold step of allowing every Virgin Islander to now shape the new proposed immigration policies and laws,” Premier Fahie is expected to say.

But he will also emphasize that seeking to do nothing about the difficult issue is not a realistic option while arguing that total inaction will further complicate the issue in the longer term.

“This current challenge is an issue that has been studied, dissected, analyzed, researched, consulted on and recommendations made on policy, law, process, governance and so on, for many years.  But the issue continues to plague BVI because we have not addressed the heart of the matter,” an initial draft of a segment of the address states.

“This first stage of this reform process is not a case of allowing people to over-run us, as some critics have claimed,” he is expected to further say in a 10-minute address.

Time to Unite the BVI – Premier Fahie

The Leader of Government Business will also implore, “Now is the time for all of us to take individual responsibility, get on board the boat ‘BVI Unity’ and cross the vast ocean of our immigration and labour issues.”

“We must do this now before we get too deep into the current round of migration being dictated by our recovery and economic substance circumstances,” he will further say.

The address will be streamed live this afternoon on the government’s official Facebook page, and will also be aired on local CBN TV, as well as ZBVI Radio.

19 Responses to “Premier sets Sunday national address on Immigration & labour ”

  • BVIslander (02/06/2019, 11:46) Like (11) Dislike (30) Reply
    Can we expect you to respond to our concerns? Or is this more lip service.
    • @ BVIslander (02/06/2019, 12:41) Like (17) Dislike (8) Reply
      At least he is not dishonest like dr zzzzzz and that gang we run out of office on 25 February

      We with you Hon Fahie
  • foxy (02/06/2019, 12:00) Like (40) Dislike (17) Reply
    Thank you premier I am so happy you are our leader
  • native (02/06/2019, 12:19) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
    Make sure it's residency status with all benefits except voting status that you are considering. We do not want to be put further into a minority voting status in our country. That means no more Belonger Status until that equation is fixed.
    • RAW DEAL (03/06/2019, 01:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      It is clear this is a done deal, all for the VIP's bull sh***ing and short lived careers. But what Fahie doesn't understand is that when the people he is trying to help get their numbers in place they're going to drop him and his party like hot potatoes. They do not care for locals but only for what they have. Soon they will be laughing at him. You already see the disdain with which they view Virgin Islanders.
  • legal team (02/06/2019, 12:29) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hon.Premier. Your decision is lawful. You inherit a problem and decided to fix it now.Make the decision and stand by it.That's what great leaders do..
  • Political Responsibility (02/06/2019, 12:47) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Be a Premier and put your people first.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61jtminuXw4
  • Done Deal (02/06/2019, 16:05) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    It is a done deal because he wants those votes.
  • 284 (02/06/2019, 16:43) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    how things with district # 4 alliance that whole talk-shop just gone
  • Charley Rose (02/06/2019, 16:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This Premier is a true Virgin Islander. He speaks with clarity and he has good intentions. It is the first time that a leader of this country discuss with the people matters of importance to them. The former Premier would babble his way and don't care what effects it would have on the people. Hon. Fahie I am proud of you that is why God has you there. He will protect you and no one will harm you. Please do not be distracted by the negatives that are thrown at you.
  • Beware (02/06/2019, 16:56) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Voters rights must be seriously reviewed or BVIslanders will suffer.
    Constitution next.
    • @Beware (02/06/2019, 21:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Someone suggested to me years back that the constitution should be amended to allow indigenous BVIslanders two (2) votes per person. This should fix all issues at the poll.
  • The Reaper (02/06/2019, 18:30) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    My people. That man isn’t no good why would he do this at this time..,,We gonna protest tomorrow Monday My people The Reaper
  • mother hen (02/06/2019, 23:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wake up every day thanking God my vip team is in power and Andrew Fahie is my chief minister

    Amen amen amen
  • let god be God (03/06/2019, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand when people claim they hearing from God.. if God has told the honorable Premier to go ahead with the regularization for the expats how come now he listening to the voice of the people 100%
  • demonstration (03/06/2019, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This sunday announcement was only to stop the demonstration for Monday morning against it.


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