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SVG-BVI Assoc. hails their role in building the VI

-As they celebrate 35 years of independence in SVG
President of the St Vincent & Grenadines – British Virgin Islands Association Mr Sean D. Rose in speaking with this news site about how it feels to be part of a people that have been contributing significantly toward the upwards thrust of the VI, said that since the 1960s and 1970s Vincentians have been contributing to and benefiting from the advancement of BVI society. Photo: Provided
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith was among the many persons who were out in full support of the SVG/VI flood relief venture recently. Photo: VINO/file
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith was among the many persons who were out in full support of the SVG/VI flood relief venture recently. Photo: VINO/file
As they are popularly called 'Vincey' continue to keep the sport of cricket alive in the VI. Photo: Provided
As they are popularly called 'Vincey' continue to keep the sport of cricket alive in the VI. Photo: Provided
The group has been engaged in a number of activities over the years which saw them contributing to social and other needs of their people and those of the Virgin Islands as may be needed. Photo: Provided
The group has been engaged in a number of activities over the years which saw them contributing to social and other needs of their people and those of the Virgin Islands as may be needed. Photo: Provided
Many volunteers and donors in the Virgin Islands had turned out on January 1, 2014 to give assistance to the disaster relief drive for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Photo: VINO/File
Many volunteers and donors in the Virgin Islands had turned out on January 1, 2014 to give assistance to the disaster relief drive for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Photo: VINO/File
Their presence is also felt at community activities in the VI. Photo: Provided
Their presence is also felt at community activities in the VI. Photo: Provided
'Vinceys' at a community event. Photo: Provided
'Vinceys' at a community event. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The natives of St. Vincent and the Grenadines send their love to their homeland folks on the occasion of their 35th Anniversary of independence, those here in the Virgin Islands (VI) salute their sisterly contributions to the Territory of the VI, something they see as vital to the building of one Caribbean nation.

President of the St Vincent & Grenadines – British Virgin Islands Association Mr Sean D. Rose in speaking with this news site about how it feels to be part of a people that have been contributing significantly toward the upwards thrust of the VI, said that since the 1960s and 1970s Vincentians have been contributing to and benefiting from the advancement of VI society. 

“Many of our people serve as key players in the Tourism sector as Chefs; Waiters and Waitresses; Managers; Bartenders and Supervisors. The list can be very long. The role of Vincentian Nurses; Teachers; Prison Wardens and Police Officers, to name a few, cannot go unnoticed. Vincentians who call the greater Virgin Islands their home away from home are equally committed to the stability and success of these islands,” said Mr Rose.

He noted that is why creating harmonious relationships are critical. “As Caribbean people we share a common history. But our future will be decided by our capacity to embrace our diversity. By embracing each other we would strengthen the bonds that unite us, defend the peace and serenity of these islands and help to make BVI a first class society,” he added.

In a message to his people from the SVG-BVIA Rose alluded to the importance of Harmony amidst uncertainty as shared in its entirety below.

“HARMONY AMIDST UNCERTAINTY

SVG-BVI Association Celebrates Independence 2014

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of the British Virgin Islands (SVG-BVI) joins with the people and friends of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to celebrate Hairouna's 35th year of Independence from British rule.

But even as 1979 gradually fades into our not too distant past, Vincentians at home and the Diaspora; including the people of our home away from home are called to embrace diversity, and promote harmonious relationships. This harmony must be genuine and not cosmetic. It is a necessary tool of goodwill to help us all withstand today's global economic and political uncertainty.

Amidst the threats posed by Chikungunya, Dengue and Ebola; or even the frequent storm clouds that cast shadows of doubt over our Tourism; Agricultural and Financial sectors; the health of our people; our fight against crime; or natural disasters-as our first Prime Minister the late Robert, Milton Cato would say; " Don't Panic". Pushing the panic button is not in our best interest.

Notwithstanding our small size and vulnerability, let us consider the benefits of having all nine members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) forge stronger bonds to achieve economic independence. When we maximize the almost 700,000 people, according to estimates, in the OECS block and improve our economies of scale. When we create more OECS based businesses and drive increased inter-regional and extra-regional trade. When we mark our calendars with new government and community based cultural exchange activities. When countries like SVG and BVI hold annual or bi-annual friendship day events, similar to the trend setting BVI-USVI Friendship Day.

The tourism sectors of SVG and BVI are equally decorated with challenges and uncertainty. While the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) offers some semblance of unity, there is room for improvement. Our respective countries spend millions of tax dollars yearly on advertising. Why not deepen our relations and pool resources through group marketing and promotions? Why not put more of that advertising money in the pockets of the people who carry the industry on their backs? Those low income earners in our Tourism Industry who endure the harsh whip of long hours and little reward need incentives to broaden their smile.

Healthy people are wealthy people. Given the threats posed to our people by non-communicable diseases such as Diabetes and Hypertension, we need a renewed approach to promote healthy lifestyles if we are to enjoy wealthy lives. One way to combat this national security issue is the establishment of more profitable business relations to effectively compete with foreign imports and give our people healthier choices.

In 2014 Vincentians and friends celebrate 35 years of political freedom. However, our social, political, economic and cultural freedoms demand us to embrace our own diversity and forge harmonious relationships. Relationships that are mutually beneficial for current and future generations. A harmony that is not cosmetic but genuine. This harmony is a necessity to withstand today's global economic and political uncertainty.

The evidence is overwhelming. As we move forward with optimism, may God grant us mercy in this our 35th year of an independent St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sean D. Rose

President

SVG-BVI Association"

19 Responses to “SVG-BVI Assoc. hails their role in building the VI”

  • LCS (26/10/2014, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is good to see positive news and people helping people once in a while. Keep up the good work. This is a good example others should copy. Living together and making th ecommunity a better place.
  • POPE (26/10/2014, 10:12) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Happy anniversary svg
  • just asking.... (26/10/2014, 10:21) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Is st Vincent better off than they were 35 years ago?
    • vincy (26/10/2014, 13:10) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      NO THEY ARE NOT
      • Puzzled (26/10/2014, 14:43) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
        Why are they not contributing to the building up of their own homeland?
        Nothing in the article has mentioned that the BVI has been a positive force in the survival of Vincentians.
        Again..why are they not putting this effort into building their own The BVI was better off than St Vincent before vincentians arrived en nasse and continues to be better off and will still be better off if they return so why are they so happy to remain poorer than most?
        • To Puzzled (11/04/2017, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Obviously you didn't do well in history and at the risk of dignifying your ignorant rant with a response, I will pretend I didn't have the misfortune of reading this rubbish!
      • Hmm (28/10/2014, 06:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Clearly u are not a vincy to say such a thing
  • VI person (26/10/2014, 11:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    One love Vincentians we appreciate haveing your contributions in the VI lets keep it positive
  • Outspoken (26/10/2014, 13:22) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    @just asking. Try and picture St. Vincent 35 years ago and what it was like then, then look at St. Vincent today and answer the question yourself. After 35 years it's no question that it is much better off.
  • Really (26/10/2014, 15:09) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    How much contribution do you all really make to the VI, when the money made from said jobs go back to SVG. 80%, if not more of the money made by expats go back to their home country, so where is the contribution to the VI?
    • VI native (26/10/2014, 17:45) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      It is by paying rent, water, electricity and also tax
      • Really (26/10/2014, 23:10) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Isn't that what everyone does no matter which country they go to? So what else, what contributions have been made by our St Vincentian friends?
  • doc (26/10/2014, 16:14) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    @ Really. Oh really are you serious? You are a typical BVIslander, alway of the opinion that whatever expatriates work for here they must spend back every cent here but you have to realize that it cannot be possible most of the expats have their own commitments where they came from and have to meet those commitments. Many Vincentian have make their home here, they have their businesses here they built apt and house here and they continue to make meaningful contributions even more than some of you who boast of being VIlanders. Let's look at it this way, we work here, we pay rent, we pay taxes, we buy all our basic needs here whenever we send something back home it is minimal of what we make as in comparison of what we spend here so stop being so evil and ungrateful and just appreciate all if the contributions that expats make here. Stop look upon your fellow men with such hatred and evil heart
  • kids (26/10/2014, 16:36) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    When vincy woman come tola they character gone to dogs badddd some
  • We say (26/10/2014, 18:46) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    We say some contribute but the majority is a set of lying, conniving, backstabbing, hypocrites. Go in the workplace and find out bout dem. they know more than everybody and don know diddle squat. They like a lot of confusion and could never be in peace. Go up East and c dem. the women in d street and d man dem always drunk and dirty. They forever bringing drugs in d people dem country. Check history. The girl bring it in the baby bag. The next one bring on LIAT but never live to pick it up. How much time d cargo boat get ketch and d man dem get jail while d woman go free? The bigman for b37t@ get jail for corruption and d sibling clean out the ferry boat man and d list goes on. All from dere. Mr. Rose I admire your courage but a lot a you people bad mine and dey only contributing negatively to d BVI. Bout time some a dem go home. Strupes.
    • Proud Vincy (28/10/2014, 08:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      U need to clean out ur closet b4 u tell someone how to do theirs. U don't know jack s**t about vincentians yet u open that forbidden thing u call a mouth to trash us,but it seems like u are full of jealousy an hatred,my dear take my foolish advise an seek god about the problem u have with vincentians,for only him an him alone can ease ur bitter mind an darkened heart.......until then SHUT THE HELL UP AN STOP STUDY US VINCIES
  • The one (26/10/2014, 19:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job baby. You are one stellar!
  • Locally made (26/10/2014, 21:20) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    @ We Say.

    So all you can do is sit behind a computer and pick out all the negatives about a country and its people. I hope wherever you are from don't have any lying, backstabbing and hypocrites. The mere mention of it makes you a hypocrite yourself. Its not hard to see the envy in your writing. Maybe a vincy took your woman or man away from you hence all the hatred. If that's the case, you need to take it to the lord in prayer. Your hatred is sickening.


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