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UPDATE: "RDA Plan will be passed" - Premier Smith

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO
The much-touted Recovery and Development Plan continues to hit snags legislatively to the extent that the document did not make it into the September 20, 2018, sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA), much to the dismay of the Territory’s Governor, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert. Photo: Team of Reporters
The much-touted Recovery and Development Plan continues to hit snags legislatively to the extent that the document did not make it into the September 20, 2018, sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA), much to the dismay of the Territory’s Governor, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert. Photo: Team of Reporters
An view of the destruction of a section of Tortola following the hurricanes. Photo: VINO/File
An view of the destruction of a section of Tortola following the hurricanes. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is confident that the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) plan will be passed when the House of Assembly (HoA) sits on October 2, 2018.

Premier Smith made this disclosure on the morning of October 1, 2018 during a one-on-one meeting with the press.

Last week, September 25, 2018, the Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellence Augustus J. U. Jaspert expressed disappointment at the RDA legislation not being tabled during the last sitting of the House, noting its importance in the territory's recovery and the part it plays in the UK loan guarantee.

Today, when Premier Smith was faced with questions as to why the plan was not tabled, he said the withdrawal was necessary because the government needed to have a further discussion on it.

“The plan was withdrawn because we needed some more consultation among members of government to understand fully the extent of the plan, the details of the workings of the Recovery Development Agency and the regulations which will govern the relationship between the agency and the government” Premier Smith added.

Hon Smith further expressed confidence that when tabled, the plan will have majority support and will be passed, "We will be taking the plan to the house at the next sitting which is tomorrow and I am confident that it would be supported and that we will have this plan passed at tomorrow's session" he said.

October 2, 2018 marks the second sitting of the fourth session of the House of Assembly. 

See previous article published on September 25, 2018

Governor Jaspert upset over VI Recovery Plan snag HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The much-touted Recovery and Development Plan continues to hit snags legislatively, to the extent that the document did not make it into the September 20, 2018, sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA), much to the dismay of the Territory’s Governor, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

Governor Jaspert expressed his disappointment during a “Chat with the media” earlier today September 25, 2018, at the Government House, Road Town, Tortola.

Disappointed

“I was disappointed that the government’s recovery plan was withdrawn from the HoA last week,” he told reporters in his opening statement.

He said, the plan prepared by Government involved a significant amount of work from public officers along with input from the public and wider stakeholders.

“The RDA cannot operate effectively without a plan,” Governor Jaspert stated.

As to why the RDA Plan was not tabled at the last sitting of the HoA, Governor Jaspert said, “that is a question really needs to be put to the Premier, it’s the Government’s plan.”

He said, while he has no vote in the Cabinet of the VI sittings, he does Chair and is well aware that the plan was discussed and agreed at the level of Cabinet.

RDA Plan

The Governor said that it was the government of the Virgin Islands (VI) that proposed and put forward a recovery and development agency.

 “And obviously the House voted and agreed to back the government of the VI plan for the recovery and development agency and it is important that that agency has a plan and it can work and it can operate effectively and get our long term recovery going.”

The implementation of the plan, according to Governor Jaspert, is key to progressing to the next stage of the territory’s recovery.

 “The plan is for the start of any discussions on recovery financing, putting money into the territory, getting money moving to projects and getting those projects delivering improvements for people across the territory.”

Saving Millions

He said, “it’s the start having those plans for discussions about the UK loan guarantee to enable that to move forward. The UK loan guarantee essentially with the plan can offer BVI the ability to get money into the territory at much, much cheaper borrowing rates saving millions of dollars for BVI allowing the recovery to move forward at pace.”

Governor Jaspert contends the plan sets out the long-term directions of the Territory’s recovery and despite there has being significant progress, “we have to move beyond the fixes that has been done to the long-term direction for the recovery…That is what I support, making sure that it has that plan, that has to be the government’s plan.”

 

19 Responses to “UPDATE: "RDA Plan will be passed" - Premier Smith”

  • just asjking.... (25/09/2018, 14:25) Like (27) Dislike (21) Reply
    this man full of shit why the hell he does not dissolved the House?
    • Tiro (25/09/2018, 14:52) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
      Just asking, does the governor have the power to dissolve the House ? if so , then I agree
    • Howdy doody (26/09/2018, 07:50) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Is the delay in the AGs Chambers? Maybe the plan is sitting next to the Consumer Protection Act.
  • Vislander, Maryland (25/09/2018, 15:34) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Well, the mighty Bill Cosby has fallen. 3-10 years in State Prison for drugging and sexual abuse on a woman. He looks like a wounded dog being led out of the Court room in cuffs and chains around his waist. Fame and fortune turned on him today.
  • concern (25/09/2018, 15:35) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    With all due respect govener , stop the complaining and and take matters in your own hands. U have the power.
  • Street reporter (25/09/2018, 18:12) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    These Millionaires don't care about poor people no more...people really need help.. The place is still in bad shape.. We are still in the Hurricane season.. God Forbid something come our way... People who make decisions are living well.. Hard for them to believe that people are hurting... They are only spiting their own people and causing unnecessary suffering..
  • Political Observer (PO) (25/09/2018, 18:19) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    The reality is that there shouldn’t even be a need for the RDA, for the VI has a duly elected government that should be doing the wuk that an overwhelm majority of voters elected it to do. However, the government’s poor financial management performance created the need for the RDA. The need for an RDA is shameful and embarrassing and a clear setback for the VI people and its political progress.
  • wise up (25/09/2018, 20:04) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    In time like these I miss John Duncan he would have taken action
  • Musa. (25/09/2018, 20:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    B careful what u asking for he can go back 20 yrs back & jail some a the old school going like Bill Cosby.
  • just noticing (25/09/2018, 21:41) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    What does 'Vislander, Maryland's comment have to do with this? America suffers from psychopathic bipolar
    reactionary people. The witch hunt could be against anyone, but accusing a male of sexual activity is the big
    no-no in the USA these days. Meanwhile here in the sunny and nice BVI, the Governors office is ignoring a
    serious crime a few weeks ago which is being 'buried' as it doesn't look good for human relations across the
    globe. But keep taking those American dollars, eh?
    • @just noticing (26/09/2018, 07:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound like a damn moose coming off a 3 day crack binge. You think the BVI is not suffering from phycopathic bipolar reactionary people also? Mind your damn business and let the Governor do his job.
  • Myo (26/09/2018, 00:39) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    He cannot dissolve a house he did not build. End of story. Know your constitution
  • guy hill (26/09/2018, 06:21) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    For truth there is no dead line.
  • ReX FeRal (26/09/2018, 06:27) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    This NDP government is complacent, untrustworthy and spiteful. Did the majority of the BVIslanders voted for this kind of odd behaviour? I would say NOT. But hey, shit happens.
  • =) (28/09/2018, 00:01) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    the government depicts exactly the bvi culture and work ethics...no sense of urgency, complacent , mediocre and self serving with no care attitude.
  • Jaigon (01/10/2018, 11:43) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was this the same excuse the Premier gave to the HOA why he removed the plan from the order paper. Vino can you publish what he said in the HOA and let’s compare it to what he is saying now.
  • ... (01/10/2018, 17:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    this man need to go home bottom line


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