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RDA CEO Paul D. Bayly resigns

- New Zealander who was reportedly raking in a whopping $350,000 per annum had come under fire by a senior legislator
New Zealander and CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), Mr Paul D. Bayly has resigned, according to information just reaching our newsroom. Photo: RDA/Facebook
The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) is a United Kingdom mandated vehicle that was passed into law by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to oversee the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: RDA/Facebook
The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) is a United Kingdom mandated vehicle that was passed into law by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to oversee the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: RDA/Facebook
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) had criticised the CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) for failing to fulfil the mandate of the RDA. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) had criticised the CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) for failing to fulfil the mandate of the RDA. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- New Zealander and CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), Mr Paul D. Bayly has resigned, according to information just reaching our newsroom.

Mr Bayly had come under criticism in mid 2018 when it was unearthed that he was raking in some $350,000 a year as the CEO of the RDA, a United Kingdom mandated vehicle that was passed into law by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government to oversee the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria.

As CEO, Mr Bayly was also criticised for not achieving all of the projects outlined for completion and it is unclear how much money he was able to raise during his time as the head of the RDA.

The RDA’s role includes raising funds for projects and capacity building.

Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), during a session of the House of Assembly in December 2019, had commented that the RDA had not executed any major projects to fulfil its mandate to date.

“A total of $2.9 million has been expended for the year. You telling me that we brought in a Chief Executive Officer and paying him over $300,000 a year to run an operation to pick-up garbage from around the territory? That’s what they did. They had some trucks out there to pick-up garbage from around the territory,” Hon Fraser had stated.

Resignation accepted

According to reports, the RDA Board accepted the resignation of Mr Bayly on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Sources familiar with the situation also said Mr Bayly has since offered to stay on with the RDA until March to assist with the transition.

Super salary

It was on July 17, 2018 that commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, on his radio broadcast, Honestly Speaking, disclosed to the public that Mr Bayly, a former permanent secretary of FIJI, was receiving a salary of $350,000 per annum.

Mr Bayly has been contracted for the 5-year life of the agency, which many see as an alternate Government forced on the VI by the United Kingdom Government who did not trust the previous ruling NDP Government with the Territory’s finances.

On a December 11, 2018 edition of Honestly Speaking, Mr Bayly had shied away from answering questions about his salary.

“No, it is not, but I don’t think we’re here to discuss my salary,” Mr Bayly had said when asked if his salary was indeed $350,000 per annum.

25 Responses to “RDA CEO Paul D. Bayly resigns”

  • Hmmmmm (14/01/2020, 14:30) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    The average man salary is $50,000 per annum. That $350k is 7x that. I wonder if the FSC CEO who has the mantle of the financial services industry that brings in approx. 70% of the Territory $400M budget makes anywhere near that!!!
    • Strupps! (14/01/2020, 15:55) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      The CEO of FSC did not build that industry. It was handed over to him. What is your point.
      • Hmmmmm (14/01/2020, 19:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Does the comment say he built it?
        • @ hmmmmmm (14/01/2020, 22:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          The FSC CEO carries no such mantle. He simply overseas the REGULATORY aspect of the industry. And with his salary, perks and mega government pension he is being paid a pretty penny. Stop talking crap. That's why this place is still so backwards. All these so called qualified local contractors and our infrastructure is worse than most third world countries.
    • Fools (14/01/2020, 15:58) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      Check his background / you lost a CEO with actual experience compared to most local applicants who are clueless how to do things properly..
      • @fools (14/01/2020, 19:27) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
        They are clueless and they are going to F**k things up.
      • Take stock (14/01/2020, 20:05) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        If your comment is to be taken seriously then you should also ask what has he done??
      • Local (14/01/2020, 20:11) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

        Is this the expert experience you giving Mr. Bayly credit for, and calling locals fools? Well, maybe we are fools since we actually hired this guy on those outlandish terms. Fraser is right.

        http://newenergyevents.com/carif2018/speakers/paul-bayly/
        "Prior to taking up this role Paul was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport that played a leading role in the recovery of Fiji’s infrastructure following the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji in early 2016"



  • And ... (14/01/2020, 14:32) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Don't give it to CSC. I could do the job!
  • pat (14/01/2020, 14:56) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Happy redden
  • ... (14/01/2020, 15:49) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Fraser does be talking good
  • Eagle Eye (14/01/2020, 15:57) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is what happens when you dont believe in your people.
  • bvi (14/01/2020, 16:25) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    FRASER THE SAVIOR/LIBERATOR FOR PREMIER
  • Hmmm (14/01/2020, 16:38) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    Wonder if he got a Belongership too????
  • Wow (14/01/2020, 18:27) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    What would Julian Fraudser know? He knows full well successive governments have blocked the UK guarantee which provides for us to get cheaper loans to rebuild and build back better and Bayly and his BVI and foreign staff have been recruited for their substantial expertise to ensure we get good results, on time and value for money.

    These people in power are holding us back and why? Why must we have sewage and garbage in our streets? Why don't our children deserve proper first class schools? Why can't we have proper resilient infrastructure like our Caribbean neighbours? How do we get the vested interests out of the way of our future prosperity.
  • Liat 521 (14/01/2020, 19:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many racist in this country sucking off the tax payers
  • truth be told (14/01/2020, 19:13) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Only the governor a few white people he hired and the vip haters sr members at rda will miss him
  • Grape vine (14/01/2020, 19:32) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The grape on the vine said C S set this in motion. So don’t be surprise if C S is appointed to the position.
  • He must go now (14/01/2020, 20:12) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    Make sure he catch the next flight out dont let him stay until march
  • Grateful (14/01/2020, 20:37) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank you for your service Mr. Bayly.
  • Charley Rose (14/01/2020, 22:11) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    I am happy that Mr Paul Bayly has resigned from his post as CEO of the RDA. We have seen the country recovering without his expertise. The territory has been built for decades without Mr Bayly and it will continue to recover with the help of God and the people. We should not be fooled as some expect us to close our eyes and accept what comes our way. Thank God that there was a change of government or we would have accepted the loan guarantee from Britain and put our people into servitude.

    I know there are many who will be annoyed with the Hon, Premier, However, if we will have to take a few more years to restore the country to its former state of development, the people will not be obligated to the British government. Thanks for the Premier craftiness and experience to save us from the indebtedness.
    • how? (15/01/2020, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      our children, our future, only recently left part time education in a derelict hardware store to go back to an incomplete school!!
  • black man (15/01/2020, 07:21) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why is this news he should have never been here in the first place!!!


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