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UNDP presents VI COVID-19 response as model for Eastern Caribbean

- VI's health & entry protocols deemed highly effective in safely reopening & managing borders to restart tourism
The [British] Virgin Islands’ response to COVID-19 has been presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a model for the Eastern Caribbean at the UN development agency’s official presentation of its joint reports with ISGlobal entitled, ‘COVID-19 Policy Reports for Recovery in the Eastern Caribbean: Analysis, Scenarios and Considerations for Opening to Tourism,’ launched at a virtual meeting on March 30, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
Group photo of the launch of the UNDP/ISGlobal report on March 30, 2021. Photo: GIS
Group photo of the launch of the UNDP/ISGlobal report on March 30, 2021. Photo: GIS
Special Envoy of the Premier Mr E. Benito Wheatley said the [British] Virgin Islands’ approach to border management in the context of public health and the ongoing pandemic, fall within the recommendations of UNDP and ISGlobal, as highlighted in the report. Photo: VINO/File
Special Envoy of the Premier Mr E. Benito Wheatley said the [British] Virgin Islands’ approach to border management in the context of public health and the ongoing pandemic, fall within the recommendations of UNDP and ISGlobal, as highlighted in the report. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands’ response to COVID-19 has been presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a model for the Eastern Caribbean at the UN development agency’s official presentation of its joint reports with ISGlobal entitled, ‘COVID-19 Policy Reports for Recovery in the Eastern Caribbean: Analysis, Scenarios and Considerations for Opening to Tourism,’ launched at a virtual meeting on March 30, 2021.

The Virgin Islands has enjoyed periods of zero reported active cases of COVID-19 due to the suppression and preventative measures put in place by the Andrew A. Fahie-led Government, even as the territory continues to reopen for tourism.

In his opening remarks at the virtual meeting attended by representatives from the UN system, development partners and ambassadors and officials from countries across the Eastern Caribbean, Mr Ugo Blanco, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Barbados and the OECS, highlighted the VI’s leadership in the regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) on April 1, 2021, stated.

It said Mr Carlos Chaccour of ISGlobal, in his presentation on the report, highlighted the health and entry protocols adopted by the VI as highly effective in safely reopening and managing its borders to restart the tourism sector.

VI meeting recommendations of UNDP & IS Global- E Benito Wheatley

Special Envoy of the Premier Mr E. Benito Wheatley made an official statement to participants as a special guest at the meeting. In his statement, Mr Wheatley said,

“The British Virgin Islands’ approach to border management in the context of public health and the ongoing pandemic, fall within the recommendations of UNDP and ISGlobal, as highlighted in the report.

“At the same time, we are working diligently to accelerate vaccination of the population to reduce the risk posed to the public by COVID-19. This will allow health and social restrictions and entry requirements to eventually be eased so the tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors can fully function.”

Risk to economic recovery

However, Mr Wheatley warned that hurricane season presents a potential risk to progress on economic recovery. In his statement, he said,

“I would like to remind colleagues that the hurricane season begins in two months. We consider the biggest risk to our economic recovery from the pandemic in the latter half of the year to be potential disruptions from hurricanes, storms, excess rain and flooding. We do not want this particular risk posed to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by climate change to be lost in our dialogue about the pandemic. We must tackle both risks at the same time.”

The Special Envoy of the Premier thanked UNDP and ISGlobal for their support to the region and welcomed the Virgin Islands being upheld as a model for COVID-19 response in the Eastern Caribbean following successful management of the pandemic, low numbers of cases and deaths and basic functioning of the economy relative to other countries in the region.

Permanent Secretary Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton and Protocol Officer Dr Lavon Chalwell-Brewley also attended on behalf of the Premier’s Office.

16 Responses to “UNDP presents VI COVID-19 response as model for Eastern Caribbean”

  • The same one (02/04/2021, 11:30) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Politics
    • facts (02/04/2021, 17:41) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      while I do not always agree with the VIP, they have done well in keeping us safe! We need them around for another 4 years bossie
    • cay (03/04/2021, 10:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fahie has turn out to be a global leader but unpopular at home but there is time to turn things around at home
      • Ragga Man (04/04/2021, 18:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Global leader? This, my friends, is the definition of delusion.
  • HAHA (02/04/2021, 11:31) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    April foooooools!
  • facts (02/04/2021, 11:48) Like (30) Dislike (14) Reply
    Hon. Carvin Malone and his Health team continue to do well inspite of the challenges.
    • I agree 100% (02/04/2021, 12:57) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      The BVI is at the top,. Which other country has a , four day quarantine upon arrival,,,, and is hoping to decrease that once vaccination increases,. The Seaport is about to open,. Cruise ship is schedule to come in June,,, The fighting it's way forward,,,,
      • hello (03/04/2021, 09:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dominica has no quarantine once you produce a negative Covid test. And they have under 10 cases. Much better than BVI I think. Moral of the story is there are other smart leaders out there.
      • yoyo (04/04/2021, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        BVI has 14 day quarantine. Seaport will have only one trip a day. If the cruise ship comes in June, how many ppl do you think will be on it and will any of them want to come off the boat when they know how few of us are vaccinated. Check your facts.
      • Make a bet? (05/04/2021, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Cruise ship will not come. The government will make some announcement about delaying or put some type of restrictions which will drive the ships away. This will happen, and there will be no Cruise ship in June. the government is just out of touch with reality.
  • People (02/04/2021, 13:47) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    We really do not give our leaders credit for their many positive efforts during this worldwide health pandemic. All some of us do is look for all the negatives.
  • Well (02/04/2021, 15:22) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    This Government must be commended for all the hard works honestly speaking.
  • jack (02/04/2021, 17:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    GOOD JOB FAHIE AND CAVIN WELL DONE CLPAP CLAP CLAP
  • NICK (02/04/2021, 19:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the fight is not over. lets wait for the outcome of the two days mass testing.seeing to many taxis drivers without mask.
  • Boss (03/04/2021, 11:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The economy is the biggest concern


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