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‘Think beyond your borders’ – Ag Premier says

- EU gives 15ml euros for small & medium size enterprise project for British, Dutch & French OCTs
The programme saw the coming together of delegates drawn from British and Dutch Countries and Territories and the one French Territory of the Caribbean for a steering committee meeting and stakeholder forum. Photo: VINO
The programme featured a press briefing with all the delegates present, presentation of framework, steering committee meeting, and stakeholder forum which would see the group discussing a number of related matters. Photo: VINO
The programme featured a press briefing with all the delegates present, presentation of framework, steering committee meeting, and stakeholder forum which would see the group discussing a number of related matters. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
Launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “It is no sense of us sitting back and complaining that the EU is this and the EU is that and that the funding agencies is this and the funding agencies is that … we must have a strategic approach, let us stay focus on that if nothing else.”

That was according to Acting Premier Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering who was at the time making brief remarks at the launch of EU Funded Regional SME Project held at Maria’s By the Sea earlier today June 2, 2014 as the European Union provides some $15ml  euros for small & medium size enterprise project for British, Dutch & French OCTs.

As he continued to challenge the participants of the one day activity he urged that they continue to think beyond their borders. “This is possible, it is possible if we all working together believe that it is imperative. We cannot just think small… we’ve got to think beyond our borders,” said Hon Pickering as he added that once done in the right way, they can show the other Caribbean countries how to get things done.

“We are about to welcome the official start of the European Union funded Regional Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) project. For those of you who know the full history of this project, you will understand and appreciate the long road we have had to travel to get to this point,” he told the delegates.

Hon Pickering noted that as a Government they recognize that there are many people who have a keen interest in starting their own business, and so the appropriate avenue must be provided for them to achieve their desires.  

The overall objective of initiative is to strengthen the development of SMEs in the British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and to reduce social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities through enhanced cooperation and competitiveness within the region. 

The purpose of strengthening the capacity of SME Intermediaries in the British and Dutch OCTs is important if they are to manage and effectively implement strategies. 

“Additionally, if we are to implement mechanisms to develop linkages within the OCT sub-region and increase participation and integration in the wider Caribbean, we must put effective strategies in place,” stated the acting Premier.   

He said that it is their vision that through this programme, all Caribbean OCTs will become more competitive, not only on a regional level, but globally. This of course is possible through integration of the OCTs with the rest of the Caribbean. 

7 Responses to “‘Think beyond your borders’ – Ag Premier says”

  • one eye (02/06/2014, 16:03) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah blah
  • good start (02/06/2014, 16:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope this is not all talk and pomp! Imagine if we had a proper airport and decent hotels how many major conferences we could host in BVI. We are a top tiered Financial Services Center so why not tap into those areas? God bless Maria had the foresight to develop her property in order to accommodate such events, although I think it should have been bigger.
  • vip (02/06/2014, 21:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think about a lot of things I have lots of idears but I'm not a NDP.
    • Hmmm (03/06/2014, 08:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      How unusual, a VIP that thinks and has ideas. Shame your new leader has no ideas to share
    • what (03/06/2014, 08:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Obviously this comment is made by some fool who cannot ever spell. People around the world have ideas and transform them into successful projects and ventures. It is only in the BVI people think Goverment needs to take them by the hand and meet all their needs. They do not ever pay taxes in this country. Your mentality will get you no where.
  • Hmph (03/06/2014, 01:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Business Licence Act is the biggest obstacle to starting a new business. It serves no useful purpose, and impedes competition. Let's abolish it immediately.
  • mAN uP (04/06/2014, 01:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm always amazed at the level of isolationism I read about in the responses.


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