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Projects bungling making Works Minister look like an abject failure – Hon. Fraser

Third District Representative and Former Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Julian Fraser, RA (right) has claimed that the “bungling of project, after project, after project,” is making the current Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool look more and more like an abject failure than the nimble deal maker he is known for in the private sector. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Fraser cited the debacle of the Cruise Pier Project as being the latest in a series of missteps by the minister. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Fraser cited the debacle of the Cruise Pier Project as being the latest in a series of missteps by the minister. Photo: VINO/File
Barring legislative change, Hon. Fraser contended that this arrangement between its Managing Director, Claude Skelton-Cline (above), and the minister is not supported by law, and is wrong. Therefore, the current procedures if not halted are subject to challenge. Photo: VINO
Barring legislative change, Hon. Fraser contended that this arrangement between its Managing Director, Claude Skelton-Cline (above), and the minister is not supported by law, and is wrong. Therefore, the current procedures if not halted are subject to challenge. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Third District Representative and Former Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Julian Fraser, RA has claimed that the “bungling of project, after project, after project,” is making the current Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool look more and more like an abject failure than the nimble deal maker he is known for in the private sector.

According to Hon. Fraser in a statement issued to the media on October 22, 2013, included among these are the decimation of the Public Works Department (PWD) by removing its key personnel including the Director, and placing them at the Ministry to do the work of the same Public Works Department; $15.7 million Caribbean Development Bank Projects not getting started without explanation; Georgie Hill Road Project escalation from $300,000 to a million dollars; negotiations with Tortola Port Partners (TPP) abruptly cancelled, just to name a few.

“The list of missteps by this minister since his short stint in office are staggering and unusual for a new minister, since new ministers actions are usually bridled by their leader's steady hand, in collaboration with a Ministry of Finance where project planning is controlled,” Hon. Fraser said. Sadly, he added, neither of these two currently exists, and can be blamed in part for the minister's apparent demise.

Hon. Fraser alleged that the Works Minister has an insatiable determination to operate like a CEO in the private sector, to the disregard of the Public Service and its bureaucracy.

He cited the debacle of the Cruise Pier Project as being the latest in a series of missteps by the minister, whom he added “now places his ministry and the entire government in such a stew that the public is calling for the head of the BVI Ports Authority's Managing Director.” He added that this didn’t have to happen, had the Minister followed the established procedure for project planning and execution.

During a meeting held with Taxi and Livery operators on October 17, 2013 to discuss issues surrounding the port development project, taxi drivers let loose in expressing their dismay and disappointment at the disclosure that Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) had cancelled calls to the VI and criticised the Minister severely for being left out of consultations.

Hon. Fraser contended that the BVI Ports Authority is a Statutory Body mandated to operate independent of central government and has specific affiliation with its minister, none of which includes project execution.
He alleged that the minister’s lack of appreciation for the process, and his desires to circumvent the bureaucracy of the Service by inserting himself has bungled the project.

Barring legislative change, Hon. Fraser contended that this arrangement between its Managing Director, Claude Skelton-Cline, and the minister is not supported by law, and is wrong. Therefore, the current procedures if not halted are subject to challenge.

He cited the ‘rushed and clumsy relationship’ between the Minister and the BVI Ports Authority as a sign that Central Government is broke, and is now unable to borrow any monies as a result of having lost its credibility with the UK Government.

“Unfortunately, however, the impression given by the minister that the Port will be able to borrow that same money is false,” Hon. Fraser added, “since the true reality is that the same Central Government is required under the Protocols to guarantee any and all such loans by Statutory Bodies including the BVI Ports Authority.”

Hon. Fraser continued, “While I do understand what this minister is trying to do, I cannot support his actions since he seems to have abandoned good governance and transparency for his own expediency.”

He called on the Premier to halt this current behaviour of secrecy, and arrogance surrounding this project and reveal in full, the agreements his government has entered into that are causing such confusion across the industry.

Tortola Port Partners (TPP) had previously been controversially engaged to execute the project but negotiations subsequently fell through with the government before it was transferred to the BVI Ports Authority. Concern has also been expressed about a proposed payment of $1.7M towards the TPP Group and calls were made for the reasons behind this.

33 Responses to “Projects bungling making Works Minister look like an abject failure – Hon. Fraser”

  • xxxxxxxx (22/10/2013, 08:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW Fraser now the ting start
    • fair is fair (22/10/2013, 12:45) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, Mark needs to be spanked for the various things that Fraser talked about. However classifying him as an abject failure, Fraser has also set the standards for his performance while in the same position
      - Street lights on the round-about that he was told wouldn't work.
      - the BiWater debacle
      - getting Electricity to purchase a generator for BiWater and then pulling back when exposed, blaming the Board.
      - the "govt" project as SCB

      If Mark is an abject failure, then what does this say about Fraser himself?
      • Box Cutter (22/10/2013, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
        @fair is fair, You still with these campaign propaganda? We now have the facts: The NDP told us VIP emptied the Reserves, we now find out that they lied. The NDP told us the VIP left the country broke, we now find out that they lied after learning about the many over priced consultants, airport & port multimillion dollar projects, over priced one night dinner & speechwriter; 10yr old millions in payment to cronies for airport; over priced manse road, Craft Alive project, Georgie Hill, & many more projects by the NDP.

        The one most unforgivable act that has damaged this country financially is the NDP's Santo eternity corrupt hospital construction project which sucked & is sucking the Treasury dry but ayo want us to leave that alone & forget it while you try to blame others for the nonsense Ronnie & the NDP has done. Millions & millions & millions & more gone through the hospital door thanks to the can't do no wrong NDP.

        The NDP is the political party of choice & majority but it is obvious to most of us now that they got the office through lies and malicious behavior and now it is coming back to haunt them which I don't mind but we the people suffering also which is where I have a problem. THE NDP MUST GO NOW!
        • @ Box Cutter (23/10/2013, 02:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I would not be getting too excited until we see what comes out of the VIP in terms of the new leader.
      • rasta (23/10/2013, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        mr. crazy
  • chups (22/10/2013, 08:35) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply

    Frazer, you have vehemently opposed every step the current administration has made towards progress. It was your master plan all along because to see progress under anyone but the VIP would've killed you. You rather see us suffering than progressing by any means other than yours!

    • @ chups (22/10/2013, 09:20) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
      Scatter your paid blogger rass the ndp has kill this country with a smile and lie about the damage done to us...people are hungry and they still saying the economy is robust...set of fools
    • ting te talk (22/10/2013, 11:04) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      Mr. Fraser is stating the facts of happenings in the Territory and we the people agree with him!!!
  • ooooo (22/10/2013, 09:01) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    mark and cline got that party one way
    • qc (22/10/2013, 13:00) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      I am no Fraser fan but for god sake and for country he is on top of things he is right...NDP, Mark and Myron continue to embarrass us
  • xxxxxxxx (22/10/2013, 09:10) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well, I do agree with Mr Fraser in most of his comments.
  • Accountability (22/10/2013, 09:17) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the accountability
  • My My (22/10/2013, 09:22) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    The NDP only care about their own pockets.
  • Real (22/10/2013, 09:55) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser has the right to be critical of the now minister in the way he is handling these deals there is a right and a wrong way when doing things. The reality is this we can't continue pissing people off and think its ok and we can survive without these companies and we every country is fighting for the same market, first Royal Caribbean now Carinval. These two companies owns almost half of te market when it comes to cruise lines and some of us will not know the magnitude of this discsion from Carinval because CCL is the parent company for almost all of them ships that comes here so the Premier needs to salvage what is left of that relationship now.
  • ------------------ (22/10/2013, 12:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser you will soon give NDP a stroke!
  • virgin gorda (22/10/2013, 12:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, Mark needs to be spanked for the various things that Fraser talked about.
    • crazy (23/10/2013, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The lower your IQ the harder it is to manage two separate concepts XXXX

  • facts man (22/10/2013, 13:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the Premier doesn't act within the next few weeks and fire mark and Myron the NDP are as good as gone!
  • weed (22/10/2013, 13:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    I am backing Mr. fraser on this one for principle's sake....

  • Bvi man (22/10/2013, 14:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha so sick and pertetick I note that MVW blogging on he blue government site about Mr. Leonard..when he don't have anything of sustenance he resort to attacking what a sick and useless pubby..but two more years of this inorganic what a desperate fallow
    • TheRealGoonSquad (23/10/2013, 01:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Give the poor evil dude a break 'bvi man' without the little power he will be nothing in the BVI remember he from the lower class
  • NDP insider (22/10/2013, 17:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    M..so disgraceful to his colleague he told them about the meeting 4 pm the same day that is why none of them showed up…Doc bell that cat!

  • ooooo (22/10/2013, 20:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    let us all march against the ndp and vote them out in 2015
  • Yes (23/10/2013, 01:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Aint no stopping Fraser now straight to the premier’s chair
  • TAXI MAN REPRESENTATIVE (23/10/2013, 02:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    orlando needs to take a stand and fire both MVW and MV a$$.
  • fish (23/10/2013, 02:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Things sometimes get lost in flurries of self interests

  • Grumpy (23/10/2013, 07:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What short memories we all have! Frazer was awful as Min. Of works. Remember Biwater? The only thing he achieved was "Frazer's Bend" in his own district eand that cost a ridiculous amount of money and already needed re-surfacing. Pot calling kettle black!
  • fishy (23/10/2013, 08:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    To some of taximen ndp suporters you see what they has done to you again---wow I knoww the pain you guys are feeling. They can do no wrong, to those taxi at craftalive pkease check out fraser statement. I told you guys that the ndp. Meet that same cruse peir prpject. Already on the way forward but like the work minister he want to make the public like the npd. Take it off the ground, they realy realy crazy now they lost it. Thesame white paper they say uncle had on his desk uffice and wnt sign is the same paper the ndp signed and get us in this financial mees..uncle might be old and sleeing , but sure think before he sign. Can you beat smething like this --ccl cruise line doing business over 30 year now have to ask disney criuse line for port use of the dock ------disney just start coming to the bvi.--why did mark and vline have to put these two company in their mess. Sll them wa. Go home.......conflic of intress.


    • tell the truth (24/10/2013, 01:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If a man is thirsty, give them water, Don't try to analyze the phenomenon of thirst, or try to feed them philosophy.
      The solution(s) to this is rudimentary, not rocket science....NDP must GO NOW!!!

  • 2 cents (23/10/2013, 12:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like when Fraser is in opposition because he just smarter and more vigilant. This role is more his pace and he's already done the minister thing so nothing worth him losing sleep over
  • say again (23/10/2013, 19:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never in my wildest dream I would have thought I would agree with anything Mr. frazer has to say but with this article I might have to firmly rethink. Sir you have made some interesting points you are well on your way!!!!
  • rich he rich (26/10/2013, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is why some o them get involved in politics in the BVI, just to get rich
  • Mark & Myron (26/10/2013, 18:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the people will never trust those two again.


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