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'Sign that document, borrow the money & lets get on with it'- Hon Vanterpool

- accused Gov't of fooling the people over UK Loan Guarantee concerns
Opposition Member Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) in a public meeting yesterday, September 17, 2019, called for the UK Loan Guarantee agreement to be signed as is, even as the government has made moves to renegotiate a better deal. Photo: Facebook
The Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 and is now seeking loans to continue the rebuilding of the territory. The United Kingdom, the Mother Country, is only providing loan guarantees with conditions that the Government of the Virgin Islands has said are not in the best interest of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 and is now seeking loans to continue the rebuilding of the territory. The United Kingdom, the Mother Country, is only providing loan guarantees with conditions that the Government of the Virgin Islands has said are not in the best interest of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. fahie (R1) has reiterated that the special loan guarantee being offered by the Government of the United Kingdom is an opportunity for the Virgin Islands to get cheaper lending rates for any loans sought for the recovery; however, while this is noteworthy, some of the conditions come with a high price down the road, and therefore required renegotiation. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. fahie (R1) has reiterated that the special loan guarantee being offered by the Government of the United Kingdom is an opportunity for the Virgin Islands to get cheaper lending rates for any loans sought for the recovery; however, while this is noteworthy, some of the conditions come with a high price down the road, and therefore required renegotiation. Photo: VINO
MEYERS ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Even as Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a press conference yesterday afternoon, September 17, 2019, had called his trip to the UK a success on behalf of the territory, Opposition Member Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) is still pushing for the UK Loan Guarantee agreement to be signed as is, so that the territory can move forward with its rebuilding.

The Member for the Fourth District was at the time speaking at the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola, last evening, September 17, 2019 when the series of Opposition meetings continued on the topic.

UK only trying to help - Hon Vanterpool 

"We need to take this money and get on with it, we can't be going back and forth forever trying to determine what we think is best and how we can deal with it, we can't continue telling people about how people want to mortgage our future and our people... whatever that means," Hon Vanterpool told the small gathering at the primary school.

Ahead of his trip to the UK, Premier and Minister of Finance in an August 17, 2019, statement has said, “The issues that we face is whether we are prepared to mortgage our birthright in order for the British government to provide the guarantee needed for us to access this critically needed funding.”

However, according to Mr Vanterpool, "I believe that the United Kingdon Government is trying to help us to rebuild our country... I wish, I really wish you will get on with it!" he lashed out in an indirect reference to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Fahie. 

Premier Fahie yesterday indicated that the UK has agreed to address the issues, including concerns of borrowing ratios.

Gov't fooling people - Hon Vanterpool 

Further, noting to the territory has enough skills to get on with its rebuilding, Hon Vanterpool charged, "To be fooling the people out there that the money is going to go somewhere else, come on... let's be fair."

Other Opposition members, including Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines, have expressed concern over the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) and its exclusion of locals; however, Hon Vanterpool said the United Kingdom has set up a system that he believes can be used to develop the territory using suggestions from Virgin Islanders.

"I just want to implore the government, to lets quickly get on with what we have to do and really sign that document, borrow that money and let get on with it."

He said his intention is not to fuss and fight, rather, to do what is best for the territory.

'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread'- Hon Fahie

Meanwhile, speaking at the press conference yesterday, Hon Fahie reiterated that this special loan guarantee being offered by the Government of the UK is an opportunity for the VI to get cheaper lending rates for any loans sought for the recovery; however, while this is noteworthy, some of the conditions come with a high price down the road, and therefore required renegotiation.

"Some of the loudest voices, who suddenly have all the answers today, did not consider these issues when they were in the seat negotiating on this very same matter.

"They were at the centre of the unfortunate circumstances that led to the very stringent conditions being imposed on the BVI between 2012 and 2017, and beyond. They are not owning up to that. Instead they are pretending to be innocent as if they were nowhere around and have just landed white as snow."

According to Hon Fahie, they are demanding that this new government provide them with information on the very terms and conditions that they negotiated, alleging that the current government is hiding information when the fact remains that certain information was not as readily available in the Ministries as they ought to have been.

He added that some of these missing documents were only obtained after the UK government included them as attachments in their responses to his Administration's letters of concern.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it is said that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. And the facts and hindsight prove that your Government was right not to bow to the pressure from those quarters to rush in.

"We were right to take a pause, to consult with you the people, to listen to our instincts, to meet with the officials of HM Treasury, the FCO and the Overseas Territories Minister, to ventilate our concerns and to ask for the conditions to be renegotiated in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands – as we have successfully done on this trip, to obtain maximum protection for the interests of the people of the BVI," Premier Fahie declared.

18 Responses to “'Sign that document, borrow the money & lets get on with it'- Hon Vanterpool”

  • ABC (18/09/2019, 17:34) Like (15) Dislike (12) Reply
    He looking more money
  • Never (18/09/2019, 18:24) Like (27) Dislike (19) Reply
    Wow The ndp must never ever get another chance to rule this country every again! NEVER!!!
  • Rick (18/09/2019, 19:01) Like (49) Dislike (26) Reply
    Mark shut your xxx where's the airplane, the pier park money, the sewage money if we had all of that we wouldn't have had to be negotiating anything with the UK
    • Inspector corrector (19/09/2019, 13:25) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply

      Thats exactly how you end up in problems. He wants to just sign off for the money and move on just so. Nooo.. these things you have to sit and deal with thoroughly and discuss with the other members plus get feedback from the ppl of the virgin islands. This is the future of the ppl in the virgins islands u dealing with. Is best he had retire for real

  • in the kitchen (18/09/2019, 19:37) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    The place slow slow slow. No money running... The economy need that money bad bad bad. People working for government won't understand when we in the service hospitality business talk about slow. They get their full salary if they work 4 hrs. 5 hrs work or don't work. Its different for us. Half of us can't make 30 hrs a week right now struggling... It really slow out here. Mark understands that...The place need the money running badly...... Stop the unnecessary delays..
  • Jacperlance (18/09/2019, 20:08) Like (18) Dislike (10) Reply
    It’s a pity he will not get his hands on any of it. I always contended that man Mark have not an ounce of shame.
  • We need (18/09/2019, 23:36) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    We need to hear more about the Pier park, the BVI Airways , and the sewage, nothing else Now!
  • Figuring them out when its too latelate (19/09/2019, 05:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A set of Narcissist no feelings no emphaty
  • RAVEN (19/09/2019, 06:47) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    You know I have to say after all what mark did this man has some nerve to be on here giving advice.. I have no respect for Mark .. he really just need to shut his mouth and leave the House.. It is because of persons like Mark why our country is where it is now.. “loose lips sink ship”.. Min. Fahie don’t be distracted by the noise.. I know that you’re working on the behalf of our people.. you continue to pray and seek guidance from God in all of your decision makings..Mark is a joke!.. he lost his credibility a long time ago.. why he doesn’t speak about the pier park being overrun financially and how his party wasted/squandered so much of the much needed monies we need today.. when will these people be held accountable?.. the little man going to jail for stealing pig tail (though I’m not in anyway condoning stealing for it’s wrong) but I’m just saying..will we ever hold them accountable??.. you’re right Min. Fahie.. “Fools do rush in”.. the AUDACITY of mark..I for one don’t care to hear nothing what Mark has to say.. he let the people of his district down, also now leaving the new government to clean up the mess him and his party made putting the country at a financial disadvantage with his/their loose lips..
  • VIslander (19/09/2019, 07:59) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    So now Hon Vanterpool would like us to blindly sign documents without having the full details. Then down the road when the upcoming generations realize what we did what should we do? I agree that we need to rebuild. I agree that the pace is very slow, but I prefer to closely examine everything before making a move. The old people say, “hadda know always behind de back door.” If Hon Vanterpool doesn’t know what that means then he should ask a question before flapping his gums.

    Let’s ask questions and get answers so that going forward we know what we are getting into and what we are signing our grandchildren and great grandchildren on to. We all should think before we speak. That should be our motto.
  • ccc (19/09/2019, 09:12) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wish he would resign the right way
  • watching (19/09/2019, 10:32) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I really respect Honorable Andrew Fahie for working on the schools am proud to see the high school taking about about a government who have their priorities in order respect to wish you all the best.
  • broke (19/09/2019, 12:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    He must have just figured out a way to pocket a bunch of the monies, now it's ok to take it.
  • Ungrateful (19/09/2019, 16:35) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hon. Vanterpool, has done a lot for the country, everyone has negative comments to say about him. He has helped many people including some of you all that are on here bashing and criticizing. KUDOS to Hon. Vanterpool.
  • dude (19/09/2019, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mark Go SIDDUNG. That's why we voted you guys out & the people of the 4th (my people) listen to your greedy talk piss and put you back there trying to get eats. Shut up, we don't respect anything you have to say on this matter.
    • yes yes (19/09/2019, 18:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mark chill out brother, and go focus on One Mart the country need a vibrant competitor for Rite Way brother. Hotels reopening shortly go search for brilliant sales reps and knock down prejudice Rite way. The indegineous need your help in that regard. You had enough brother chill out
  • Big Up (19/09/2019, 19:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree leave politics and focus on One Mary that is your strength brother...fruits and vegetables days in the 80s go back brother Rite way need competition Little Dix, Saba Rock ,Peter Island and Bitter End advent get Salespeople and make a difference brother you will live longer trus me Mark go where you belong boss and stop you nonsense bro
  • Wa Ayo Expect (19/09/2019, 20:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The money is being exported thru Western Union and Money Gram. Talking bout the place slow...what the hell do you expect...put your house in order. You people are a set of jokers..It amazes me how you are so clueless about most things....gossip..melle...envy...jealousy...bad mind...why you think UK don't want to give grants, they recognize what they dealing with.


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