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UPDATE: Igwe fires back at alleged ‘anti-globalisation’ detractor

Commentator Dickson Igwe asserted that his detractor had a “clear political agenda that appears mainly to consist of a classic divide and rule, blame the foreigner and outsider for all the evils in society song and dance.” Photo:supplied
Host of Speak Your Mind, Sam Henry, differed with a fellow commentator that the concept of globalisation needed to be embraced in order for the VI to move forward. Image:VINO
Host of Speak Your Mind, Sam Henry, differed with a fellow commentator that the concept of globalisation needed to be embraced in order for the VI to move forward. Image:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Dickson Igwe has fired back at a detractor, reiterating his position that globalisation clearly needed to be embraced by VIslanders in order for the Virgin Islands (VI) to move forward.

In a piece titled ‘Lessons on globalisation from Africa’, the commentator offered a response from ‘an anonymous reader’ to ‘an anti-globalisation commentator’ mentioned in a piece first published by Virgin Islands News Online on November 29, 2012.

Calling his detractor a “pro-protectionist, aggressively nationalistic sounding commentator”, he said the anonymous responder very intelligently and correctly asserted that without trust companies, a major component of VI commerce, this community would never have had so many families able to send their kids to college, build their own homes, live comfortably or receive money for renting shell buildings and apartments to these same businesses owned by expatriates.

Igwe further asserted that the man had a “clear political agenda that appears mainly to consist of a classic divide and rule, blame the foreigner and outsider for all the evils in society song and dance.”

Though he steered clear of mentioning a name, the article in reference previously mentioned television commentator Sam Henry, host of the Speak Your Mind Show.

Mr Igwe further said that if the man was considering ‘throwing his hat into the ring,’ and ‘running for office,’ so to speak, he will certainly not be receiving this voter’s X, and one suspects a majority of crucial voters with a ‘foreign connection’ would also not be voting for him.

He noted that statements made by the commentator were clearly absurd and was an assertion that goes against the fact, even grain, of modern economics and international trade, and the free flow of financial and human capital between countries, and across national boundaries. He added that the VI, whether one may accept this or not, has been built upon financial services and tourism: two industries driven by globalization and foreign trade.

Additionally, Mr Igwe questioned whether the VI could survive in its present form without modern globalization and answered, certainly not. If anything, he continued, the VI is much more dependent upon tourism, and international finance and trade, another word for globalisation, than many countries in the Caribbean region. Some of these nations such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana possess natural resources over and above their tourism product.

See previous story posted below:

Commentators clash on globalisation in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One commentator, Sam Henry, has taken issue with a fellow commentator’s view that the concept of globalisation needed to be embraced and was necessary in order for the Virgin Islands (VI) to be able to move forward.

The host made the comments during the weekly television show, Speak Your Mind, which was aired on JtvLive on November 24, 2012.

He related that another commentator, Mr Dickson Igwe, had stated that the VI needed to “embrace globalisation” in order to move forward but he “firmly” disagreed with the position and said there had been an “assault” on VIslanders being successful in the country.

“We have companies in this country that can do work, and build things for ourselves but yet we outsource and we give away that natural resource to somebody else… that’s globalisation,” Henry offered.

He added “you don’t have to do that, what we’re supposed to be doing is we’re supposed to build the water tanks, we’re supposed to build the pipes to the water, we’re supposed to set up our own drilling holes and then when it comes to a point where we need finance to take our business from here and reach across to another territory and help them with the idea, then we use the form of globalisation to help us get there.”

The host felt that VIslanders should not have to embrace someone else’s money and idea when it comes to the building of an airport or cruise ship dock to move forward. “You don’t have to give them the structure to build, you could build the structure yourself,” he asserted.

Henry further stated that land should be kept and not leased or given away. The bottom line, he revealed, was that the success of the VI came from people within the VI, who loved the VI and did what they needed to do to move it forward and not someone else from another place.

He said many should feel insulted and appalled when persons wrote commentaries to the effect that progress in the VI could only come through embracing globalisation. “You got to ask yourself, who are they working for?” Henry said.

“Are they BVIslanders that have any interest in the BVI? Do they own anything in the BVI? Do they own any business in the BVI? Are they embracing the BVI and have a love for the BVI? or are they envious of the BVI’s success?” he continued.

The Speak Your Mind host further suggested that persons proposing the view that globalisation should be embraced were deciding to “minimise and marginalise” the people of the VI and attempting to give the impression that VIslanders were “so [pro-]protectionism” and didn’t want anyone else here.

He emphatically stated that this view was false.

He stressed that persons already knew their worth and the effort put in to secure their success in the VI and asked that persons look around the VI and the rest of the Caribbean to see that 80 per cent of what is in the VI was owned between the government and people of the Territory, a situation he felt did not exist anywhere else in the Caribbean.

“If I’m wrong, [then] correct me…” he added.

21 Responses to “UPDATE: Igwe fires back at alleged ‘anti-globalisation’ detractor”

  • in the news (29/11/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All rather hilarious if yuh ask me....sam and iwge is more of the same!
  • Crank Shaft (29/11/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIslanders own ALL the taxis in the BVI. They own 99% of ALL commercial buildings in the BVI. They own 90% of ALL apartments for rent in the BVI. They own 95% of ALL supermarkets in the BVI. Of the almost 4,000 civil servants we have, they make up 95% of that. BVIslanders own 90% of the heavy equipment companies here that are involved with construction etc. The most prime land in the BVI, Wickham's Cay, is leased to BVIslanders. As far as I can see, we still control this country very much and could never survive without foreign investment so I don't know what the hell Sam is talking about. With out Trust Companies for example we would never have so many families able to send their kids to college, help them with their homes, build their own homes and live comfortably because they are getting wanton sums of money for renting 'shell' buildings to these same companies. Same for those with the Apartments. People like Sam need a crash course in economics to understand the cycle. I agree with pushing locals where possible but to ignore globalisation is being a jackass to the highest degree. Being emotional and ignoring all reality and practicality will turn you into a public nuissance, be careful Sam.

    We still pretty much own this country. Even though there are many foreign businesses, they still have to rent our buildings, lease our lands and rent our apartments. Nowhere else in the world you can show me where locals are getting such a big piece of the pie and still complaining so you better enjoy it while it lasts.
  • ---------------- (29/11/2012, 10:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Surprised nobody coulda open their mouth for
  • Yardy (29/11/2012, 15:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am reminded of a little verse I learned in primary school many years ago. It goes something like this ...." It is better to keep quiet and make people guess if you are a fool rather than open your mouth and remove all doubts". This gentleman clearly has not grasped the full concept of what globilization is. Golbilization is already here... just about all our food and other staples are imported; BVI exports "human capital" particularly to North America with all the BVIslanders who are living & working outside the island; BVI also imports "human capital" called "expats"; there is more commerce between BVI & St. Thomas (& Puerto Rico) than occurs within the island. So, embrace it we should, but in a balanced way so as not to negatively impact the locals; this is where solid government policies come in. Mr. Henry, please go educate yourself and stop spitting out garbage to the people.
  • ome made (30/11/2012, 00:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i agree with you sam!!!
  • . (30/11/2012, 17:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's about time someone stand up and tell the truth about the Emperor's new clothes. Globalization has been recognised as a scam. The European Union has been declared a failure and NAFTA the same. Why should the BVI be sold something that the rest of the world is rejecting?

    Good for you Sam Henry. I am relieved to see that not everyone in the BVI is ignorant enough to buy up this nonsense.
  • 1 (04/12/2012, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Relax on the defensive front igwe.

  • sh (04/12/2012, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now the pendulum swings back...well sah
  • Mitch (04/12/2012, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I support Dickson's views. We are living in a globalized world whether we want to admit it or not. I work in the Financial Services Industry and I can tell you that the offshore entities that are registered here in this territory are owned by Chinese, Americans, UK Citizens, Russians only to name a few. Someone of these entities are also connected to big banks as well as major corperations across the globe. The countries of the world are linked by international trade which largely depends on the exchange of culture and expertise through immigration, telecommunication infrastructure including the use of the internet ect. The BVI is a major players due to its office shore financial services which depends largely on expertise from the outside as well as a good telecommunication infrastructure ect. Make no mistake my friends, the BVI is a part of the globalized world in which we live.
  • Confucius (04/12/2012, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Sam Henry considers himself to be an intelligent man. Unfortunately, he (like so many others) fails to understand that NOBODY can stop globalization, whether they want to or not! It is something that simply "is". Barring any cataclysmic disaster that suddenly destroys all computers and the internet WORLDWIDE, globalization is here to stay!

    There are some who have their heads firmly planted in the sand (or elsewhere) and are clearly unable to see. Sam  is one of them. Added to this, Mr. Henry's ridiculous insistence that BVIslanders can do any and all jobs required by our small community and you have a rather sad individual.

    Mr. Henry has no grasp on the real world. He may one day come to the realization that he has allowed himself to emphatically pursue futile goals, whilst letting golden opportunities pass him by. His myopic and protectionist views on immigration and immigrants border on bigotry of the most dangerous kind.

    Globalization is part and parcel of our world as a whole. You can choose to maintain a stance of "keep dem outsiders out" or you can take every advantage that their presence amongst us brings to our front door.

    Some people claim they want to preserve our culture. Well that's all well and good, and I applaud all efforts to do so. But preserving our "PAST" culture should not come at the expense of open mindedness, knowledge, advancement and careful development. We can't allow ourselves to become stuck in the past. We must move forward and to do so, we MUST embrace globalization or be left in the same dusty and lonely room with Mr. Henry.

    Each of us has been blessed with free will. Each of us was given the capacity to learn. Each of us has potential to become much more than our parents and their parents ever hoped or dreamt we might be. Technological advancements have given us the world at our fingertips. Because of that simple fact, the rest of the world has found us ~ and we should be glad of it!

    I come from a farming and fishing family. Thanks to globalization, outside education and the blood, sweat and tears of my parents to provide that education; my life is much, much easier than that of my parents, my grandparents and their parents before them.

    We need to embrace globalization and use it to our advantage. The world is our oyster and it there for the taking!

    • Crank Shaft (04/12/2012, 11:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said. Add to that, Mr Henry depends on Taxi and Hospitality industry. Also, as far as I'm aware his spouse also works in the industry. This industry will not exist if any Government were to act in the way that he is proposing so that's even more laughable. Talking about boxing food out your own mouth. No matter how smart we are or 'think' we are, we still learn more and more each day. Nobody knows all. So, sometimes even if you think you know, it's good to ask a question rather than beat your chest acting as if you know everything. Sam may know about his Taxi business but he surely is clueless about global economics and in particular, very clueless about how the BVI makes its money and can enjoy the standard of living that it does today.
  • play penn (04/12/2012, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    igwe and sam is time to go home and play with mami ah little bit
  • egg face (04/12/2012, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    more blah blah blah

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