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SVG Consular Office opens in VI; Bishop Ishmael P. Charles is Honourary Consul

- Premier Fahie says deeper cooperation being sought between two nations
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Bishop Ishmael P. Charles, left, at the opening of the Consular Office of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Virgin Islands today, October 16, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Hon Louis H. Straker, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce of St Vincent and the Grenadines said his country is looking to develop a special relationship with VI because of the number of Vincentians living there. Photo: Internet Source
Hon Louis H. Straker, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce of St Vincent and the Grenadines said his country is looking to develop a special relationship with VI because of the number of Vincentians living there. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In what was dubbed a historic occasion, a St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Consular Office was opened in the Virgin Islands (VI) today, Friday, October 16, 2020.

Well-known pastor and SVG national, Bishop Ishmael P. Charles has been named Honourary Consul.

The opening of the Consular Office, located at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola, is seen as a step towards strengthening the existing relationship between SVG and the VI through commerce, education and culture.

The Office will also address the affairs of SVG nationals residing in the VI.

Strong relationship

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said it was the first diplomatic representative office to be established in the Territory but that the relationship between the two nations has existed for decades.

Describing the relationship as long and deep, Premier Fahie said since 1984 when the VI joined the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the two have carried on friendly relationship, along with member states, through education, health, and sports, adding that they also share a judiciary- the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, of which the Commercial Division is housed in the VI.

He said there are more Vincentians living and working in the VI than any other country grouping. “They are our friends, neighbours, husbands, wives, children and even our Bishop,” referring to the Honourary Consul.

According to the Premier, his Government believes in unity and empowerment among its Caribbean people and its status regularisation programme in late 2019 was a strong indication of that.

Trade

Premier Fahie related that the relationship with SVG will be in the areas of trade, agriculture, manufacturing of goods and services, adding that the partnership will help both economies.

“Today I reiterate that the Caribbean region is very strong. Our people are resilient and if we work together the possibilities are endless.”

He said SVG “has sustained and nourished souls and bodies the world over” due to their strong agricultural industry; however, the world continues to change, evolve and grow and as a Caribbean people we too must adapt and find new ways to ensure our survival.

“The formalising of this relationship with St Vincent and the Grenadines is only the first step in paving the way and creating the architecture for Intra-Regional trade. Through this enhanced partnership, the BVI will look to our neighbours, our friends and indeed our family to assist us in enhancing our food security through the expansion of our agricultural base.”

He said the VI will be ready to assist SVG in their areas of expertise, such as culinary, marine and hospitality training, especially as SVG seeks to diversify its economy.

SVG looking for ‘active trading relationship’

Hon Louis H. Straker, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce of St Vincent and the Grenadines, said his country is looking to develop a special relationship with VI because of the number of Vincentians living there.

He also said SVG is looking at having an active trading relationship with the VI where the country would be able to adequately supply the Territory with its produce.

Hon Straker added that he is hoping there can be exchange student programmes and training for Vincentians in tourism and hospitality.

He noted too that both nations have a rich culture and there can be cultural exchanges.

Role of Honourary Consul

Meanwhile, Premier Fahie had also said that as Honourary Consul Bishop Charles will promote the economic interest of SVG in the VI.

He also said Bishop Charles will identify and facilitate opportunities for development for trade, commerce, tourism, culture and employment, assist SVG nationals visiting and residing in the VI and enhance the friendly and cordial relationship already existing between SVG and the VI.

39 Responses to “SVG Consular Office opens in VI; Bishop Ishmael P. Charles is Honourary Consul”

  • Please. (16/10/2020, 13:22) Like (10) Dislike (21) Reply
    What has he done lately for the people.? Bishop without courage wants to be in everything... Zan is a will be a better ambassador than him...

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    • strupes!!! (16/10/2020, 15:04) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
      Oh Please!! what have you done for anyone other than yourself? Zan can do a better job what about you? Why can't you do a better job??
    • Vincy 2 De Bone (16/10/2020, 15:08) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Not the Zan from the same village that me from. You got to be joking. The Bishop is a man who tells you like it is
    • Ps... (16/10/2020, 18:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Zan is rude ...
    • priest (17/10/2020, 07:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Before you all start to quote "Dont touch the lord's anointed" I am just asking questions. For a person who spent his life preaching the gospel and saying that God called him to do so Did the lord changed that call? 2 Timothy 2:4 tells us that the servant of God that warreth should not become entangle in the affairs of this world that he may please the one who chose him. Is this the case here? Romans 12:2 Tells us that we should not be conformed to the world system but transform is the Bishop now confirming himself to the world here? 2 Corinthians 6: 14 "Warned us about being unequally yoked with un believers (read the rest) Bishop "What communion hath light with darkness or fellowship hath righteous with unrighteous? This is my observation with our religious leaders today The apostles and great Christian leaders of old abandoned riches, worldly powers, careers, position and more to follow Christ. Why are our spiritual leaders today leaving their flocks with the hirelings and porters in pursuit their worldly pleasures? I am quite sure the scriptures will be used to justify and answer these questions. I would like to see Prime Minister giving up his position to become Preacher of the gospel wouldnt that be something? Bishop not that I am saying you have deserted your ministry. It is a political position, by accepting it you have now aligned your self with one party. What about members of your flock who are not supporting the other party?
  • good man (16/10/2020, 13:25) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    One among many. Great man. A man of integrity and dont hide to tell you the truth.
  • BIM (16/10/2020, 14:03) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congrats to both countries
  • Sigh! (16/10/2020, 14:24) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    We are in trouble!
  • Hmmm (16/10/2020, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Look good in clothes....lol
  • True (16/10/2020, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    @ please. Thats true.
  • Hamish (16/10/2020, 15:04) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    "Hon Straker added that he is hoping there can be exchange student programmes and training for Vincentians in tourism and hospitality."

    This is interesting indeed, but what is really in it for the BVI? I am just wondering.

    • @Ham I sh (16/10/2020, 17:03) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
      not a thing is BVI getting from this...only aligning with the lesser will continue to make the VI less and less. Alignment with DR and SVG,bottom of the barrel in human rights and crime. This is not good, We need to elevate ourselves.
  • old (16/10/2020, 15:04) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Very good primer ..time for black peoples to live good.Dont care where you come from. .one love.
  • the rock (16/10/2020, 15:45) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Jump on board dominica, st Lucia, Trinidad, guyana we need councils for you too!
  • Maximize production (16/10/2020, 16:04) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    That is wonderful nice very good for both Island congratulations
  • A comment (16/10/2020, 16:08) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Andrew needs to know about selectivity in making and building. SVG has been just a constant with murder- suicides and other savagery to these small once respected Islands. Do business with them, if you must,from a distance,by computer and telephone. Respect your country.





  • Heckler (16/10/2020, 16:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the news everyday but it wont help
  • Scamming (16/10/2020, 16:50) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Aslong you are a pastor bishop or christian. You are guilty of miss leading the people wether you are conscious of it or not.
  • Hmm (16/10/2020, 16:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Andrew is hell bent on this independence.
  • I SAY (16/10/2020, 16:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is all about having a stronger voice in the decision making process of BVI matters. That is why the BVI Governtment cannot make a decision and stick to it. Poor us even the church ministers looking for power.
  • Jesus saved (16/10/2020, 17:33) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    All you get off my Bishop Back ok. He dont fake like all you who is talking. He tells you as it is. Just back up with dem negative talks. He is a man of GOD. BACK UP, BACK UP All you to Bad minded and grudgeful. UNGREATFUL PEOPLE LIKE YOU ALL. WHEN HE CALLING ALL A YOU FOR FOOD AND MATRESS WEY ALL YOU NUH HAVE. THAT IS HOW YOU ALL TREATED PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU ?. WICKED, BADMINE, GRUDGEFUL ,& LOW MINDED. SET A PEOPLE. YOU ALL AINT SEE HOW BISHOP LOOK YOUNG AND SOME A YOU WEY TALKING. THE GOOD GRACE OF GOD IS UPON HIM . YOU ALL CANT TOUCH HIM ONE BIT. TOUCH NOT THE LORD ANNOINTED. BACK OFF BACK OFF AND LEAVE MY BISHOP.
    • @ Jesus Saved (16/10/2020, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tell the Bishop to grant you the privilege if a reading and writing course in a capable learning facility.
      You just might learn to think, as
      a result.
  • Sam (16/10/2020, 17:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Zan dose not speak to vincentian. We all for him self.
  • Hmmm (16/10/2020, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Many ways to skin a cat andrew good move ..it time life run out on that cat ..uk
  • My boy (16/10/2020, 17:51) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    To me. All how speaking bad thing about bishop. are wicked people..
  • bvi (16/10/2020, 17:55) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is a man all time praying for the Bvi.. We black people very wicked to one another.
  • potter (16/10/2020, 17:57) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tell zan to give is life to God..
  • @i say (16/10/2020, 18:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    PovertyPimps gaining wealth from the poverty and ignorance of small island folks.
    Education and its improvement not wanted.
  • Thinker (16/10/2020, 20:09) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a way for us to get our GANJA production up and running faster. SVG. already on the move with theirs. What in the DARK will come to the LIGHT.
  • vincy (16/10/2020, 20:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are bless
  • Birthvincy (17/10/2020, 06:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrate too my bishop charles he is a man of God and all the vincentians in the Bvi and all ayo bad mouth people better be careful what you say about the man of God
  • Slims (17/10/2020, 07:09) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    God will deal with all of you who washing there mouth on My Bishop you’ll are so fake an bitter.
    To be pulling down the man of God they saw greatness in him an that’s why the choose him ..
    • Home Callin (17/10/2020, 11:54) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Your M an of God is sorely needed in his country to teach civility. His country is tops in domestic violence murder and suicides in the Caribbean Why this -Man of Your God running away diabolical home country.. Maybe his flock here have more to put in his plate on Sundays.
      • East Side (17/10/2020, 13:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        THAT IS SO NOT TRUE
        • @East Side (18/10/2020, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
          What is not true?
          ( 1 ) That SVG leads with crimes against women and murder suicides in the Caribbean
          or
          (2) The flock in the VI can better feed a collection plate?

          Both are documented truth so why deny. Typically SVG and view of reality.
          Nothing in this for the VI . Nothjng to be proud about ..the Premiers choices consistently demonstrates a solely selfish personal self interest....how he looks. How the VI looks,he cares little.
  • Thea (18/10/2020, 06:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    After 20 17 hurricane this man have give a lot of food cloth to people.. And the. Prison also People like to talk. Because talk is Cheap.
  • what (18/10/2020, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Thea what's that have to do with the price of cheese see me and come live with me is two different things
  • @Thea (20/10/2020, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What he gave did not cime ftom his pocket. He should have told you all it was donation from donors. You all so gullible.
  • Local (20/10/2020, 16:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    the vincy people soon take over BVI. that's why they come and stay and do as they like in the BVI.


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