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Recovery plan should not only be about re-establishing - Shaina M. Smith

- said the Territory's recovery plans should be an expansion of existing plans
Host of Umoja Cromwell Smith, left, and Shaina M. Smith, right, discussing the Recovery Plan on January 4, 2018. Photo: Facebook
Former political candidate Shaina M. Smith has also sounded the call for town hall meetings to be held on the Recovery Plan following the floods of August 2017 and hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Former political candidate Shaina M. Smith has also sounded the call for town hall meetings to be held on the Recovery Plan following the floods of August 2017 and hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many residents are criticising the government for formulating the Recovery Plan without the input of the populace, former political candidate Shaina M. Smith is taking it from another angle.

While a guest on the show, Umoja, with host Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka, aired Thursday January 4, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. on ZBVI 780 AM, Ms Smith said, “I went to the budget from last year, 2017 budget, where it was looking at the Medium Term Economic Framework and I really wish the recovery plan was based on that.”

Before the floods and hurricanes of 2017, a strategy was put in place to advance the territory in the coming years. According to Ms Smith, “We had a plan that we were working towards. What needed to happen was you pull that out and basically expand on it in terms of having to do repairs, replacement [and] renovations.

“We also need to make sure that those restoration is basically putting us back on track for what it is we were already planning for. So that we are not just planning for now but we are looking long term...”

During 2017, government held a series of public consultations with the aim of chartering the course for development in the next few years. However, much of those plans are not evident in the new recovery plan, that is to steer our development for the next five years.

Expansion & growth should be the focus

Throughout the document for the Recovery Plan published on the Government website late last year, the use of the term ‘re-establish’ is used and this Ms Smith believes should not be the case. When referring to the recovery plan, Ms Smith said, “Spending $721M we looking at more than re-establishing, we have to look at expansion and growth.”

Her question was, “How are we going to approach this? Is it going to be different to what we were doing before? Or is it something new?” Using Education as her example she said growth is necessary, “so that we don’t build back the school the same size it was before, we’re building a school that can take growth over the next 10 years.”

Ms Smith also advised that persons read the entire Recovery Plan, including the Appendix Section which explains that Short term means 0–18 months, Medium term indicates 18–36 months and Long term is greater than 36 months. This is important, she said, when considering the timeframe in which monies are invested in the various segments.

“If we look at the Business and Economy Segment and they are saying we are going to put in $4.7 million in short term, that’s 0–18 months and then nothing else for the next 36 months. There is no way that is going to get us back to where we need,” she explained.

Agreeing with Ms Smith, Mr Smith added that there must be a greater incubation period.

Again, persons were encouraged to read the draft document and submit their suggestions and concerns. However, she too is calling for public consultation. “It’s very important and I think if we have town hall meetings where questions can be raised so persons can clarify information.”

13 Responses to “Recovery plan should not only be about re-establishing - Shaina M. Smith”

  • ta ta (08/01/2018, 17:38) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    She better be careful them desperate ndp boys keep her off the at large slate
  • voter (08/01/2018, 18:54) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    What has Shaina ever done that is worthy of mentioning?
  • wize up (08/01/2018, 19:28) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    When certain affiliates of Virgin Islands Party pushed the member of the #3 from the high speed train some people had a wack to say: Look now, the NDP cast of characters doing the same thing: this tells me that there is no substantial difference between the National Democratic Party and the Virgin Islands Party: it’s high time for a creditable third political party: I think this party association should stop and people should run indipendant at large( these political group) have caused this place to much problems
    • TO WIZE UP (09/01/2018, 08:47) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
      Frazer loss the VIP internal elections. He was voted out by a clear majority not pushed out. So stop spread foolishness.
      • wize up (09/01/2018, 19:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ to wize up: you most certainly entitled to you side but I know the same set who raised his hands on those podiums during last election campaigns are some of the same one that push him from
        Moving train and I personally don’t give a f(@$....thereafter that incident he lost as the chairmanship and the the leadership of his party so you talk that and prove me wrong: history will call the order of the facts....keep the family th

  • @voter (08/01/2018, 19:37) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    Don't treat her so bad stop it, she is a positive young person who is making her contribution for change and betterment of our society, we need to stop bashing her. She is right with what she says about the plan. She's objectively critizing the government on it and that's a good thing, they need to listen to the views and ideas of the ppl b4 jumping making decisions which only suites themselves.
  • Charley Rose (08/01/2018, 19:39) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    The development plan of the territory should be formulated with the involvement of ALL the citizens. What has been happening over the years is that the government will seek the input of the citizens as a gimmick and when they are reporting on the consultation it is what they want to include in that report.

    Unless the government involve the people in the rebuilding process, there will difficulties. No government in the world can achieve progress unless it works in collaboration with the people. In the United States of America for instance, you will hear the president repeatedly saying that we the people of this great country will do, unlike in the BVI you will hear the Hon. Premier saying that my government will do this or the other. Where are the people?

    It is about time we change the dynamics and organize community groups to assist with the restoration or development of the country or else we will continue to lag behind in these difficult economic times. There are people who are willing to assist, however, the government must come to the people for their involvement. The territory is small and the Premier could visit all the islands in a one day. I do not know why he is not visiting the people except at election campaign.
  • BRAD BOYNES (09/01/2018, 02:32) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    @voter... what have you done other than pay taxes? In the Virgin Islands?
  • Well (09/01/2018, 08:45) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must admit that the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Fahie have been making these same points and more about the recovery plan especially that the involvement of the people should have been first and not just an after thought.
  • Street Reporter... (09/01/2018, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree with Charlie Rose.. Find away to involve all the people..a few of them say that they dont read bloggs.. It means that alot of us who make our suggestions and give our ideas through bloggs are already shut out..Shena is giving her views and suggestions we should appreciate that. However I disagree when she said the new High school should have a ten yr growth plan . I will say a 25th yr growth plan...10 yrs will be here just now..No one speaks of the laid off workers where do they fit in the recovery plan.. Is it a Tax Return for them or 3 Months living Rashion..(Recovery need to include all that were affected) What new labour and immigration laws that this hurricane dictates we consider..
  • NDP new moves (09/01/2018, 09:59) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    It seems like their members can now only speak to BVI platnum where we can't give our input.. Another way of shutting us out... "The Raising rent by Evil Land lord story" on BVI Platnum by my favorite politician. That should have been a Vino story. Vino is the true people's voice. Vino True democracy..
  • boyblue (09/01/2018, 16:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Growth and expansion in my opinion should be focused on our economic structures, Finance, tourism, infrastructure,alternative energy, maintenance of natural resources such as reefs, corrals, vegetation, agriculture, fishing,
    Least emphasis should be placed on population growth which would require more educational facilities, prisons ,police , housing etc. Lessons learned from Irmaria . A small population with a thriving economy and minimum crime should be the target as we regroup. Efforts placed in changing the current demographics would also move the VI towards a sustained upwards economy growth. Downsize the population, modernize the infrastructure, encourage and embellish tourism,build a thriving economy with zero crime.

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