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USVI approves $500k for USVI/VI/PR scholastic programme

- US territory also pursuing ‎visa free travel among Caribbean neighbours
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, His Excellency Kenneth E. Mapp has announced a $500,000 educational venture for high school students of the US Virgin Islands, [British] Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which he said is necessary for the younger generation to become familiar with the similarities shared among the three territories. Photo: VINO
Governor Kenneth E. Mapp said he is looking forward to getting to know Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith more and he is also looking forward to spending more time in this territory. Photo: VINO
Governor Kenneth E. Mapp said he is looking forward to getting to know Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith more and he is also looking forward to spending more time in this territory. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), His Excellency Kenneth E. Mapp has announced a $500,000 educational venture for high school students of the US Virgin Islands, [British] Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which he said is necessary for the younger generation to become familiar with the similarities shared among the three territories.

Governor Mapp made the disclosure at the opening ceremony to mark the 42nd celebration of BVI/USVI Friendship Day held at the Central Administration Complex in Road Town, Tortola on Saturday October 24, 2015.

"This year in our budget cycle the members of the legislature and the administration ‎approved a $500,000 allotment to the Department of Education for the support of inter-scholastic competition among high school students, and the law says specifically among the BVI, the USVI and the children of Puerto Rico."

According to Governor Mapp, the purpose of the programme is to get the younger generation of the three territories to know their history as well as to know that there are much more in common than there are differences among the people of the three territories.

"When we were small we travelled among the islands, we got to know each other, we got to know each other's family and ‎so when we had a disagreement it could come not down to a fist fight because we knew who we were."

The USVI Governor said today's children and young people are growing up on computers and other electronic devices like television and smart phones and not being able to appreciate the many things the territories have in common.

"And we are not getting out there and helping the children to know the differences between us are small, getting to know the history between us are similar, that we really ‎might sleep on different islands but we have so much more in common than we have different," said Governor Mapp.

Visa free legislation‎

The Governor of the USVI also disclosed that the USVI is pursuing legislation that will give visa exemption among certain Caribbean countries/territories. This he called the Visa Programme.

"In the US congress, the Virgin Islands is pursuing legislation and law that give us in the Virgin Islands and the people in the Caribbean sort of an exemption which we call the Visa Programme that would allow us to move freely among our islands without having the formality of getting visa and all of the formal issues of entering our ports and harbours."

He argued that in most cases the islands are just minutes apart. ‎"We will have challenges that we are going to have to work on as the US Government works to secure the borders between Mexico and the United States..."

The USVI Governor said there is more movement of drugs in the region and as such there is a need for greater collaboration among governments as they work to protect the people of the islands to ensure there is good free flowing trade, while blocking contamination and the negatives of crime.

Governor Mapp also said he is looking forward to getting to know Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith more and is also looking forward to spending more time in this territory.

10 Responses to “USVI approves $500k for USVI/VI/PR scholastic programme”

  • Windy (26/10/2015, 11:51) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    now he putting up some money and not just talk talk talk like the BVI side!
  • Wendy Sister (26/10/2015, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    After all sis they need to be putting ups moneys they the ones been taking advantage of the friends situation for years if you know the history roll it out or shut de A$$ up
  • rock city (26/10/2015, 14:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    That amount is a drop in the bucket
  • Voter Too (26/10/2015, 15:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not bad at all. I do hope it drops in the correct hands and not to any and any hand pick beneficiaries. That is to say who needs it most.
  • political snitch (26/10/2015, 15:04) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all know that Mapp is a big spender because his spending sprees are published weekly in the daily news.
    • Yes (26/10/2015, 20:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now every schemer on the island trying to figure a way to do something for youths to get at some of that money. Tortola is built like that. Looking for hand out off backs of youths.
      • for sure (27/10/2015, 01:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Watch how many bogus programs come out probably many by NDP croonies who have to kick back to the bald head minister.
    • ccc (27/10/2015, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is spending but we know what he is spending it on. Stop talking everything U see or hear.
  • peace out (27/10/2015, 01:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our Minister of Education is like school in the summer time---No Class!
  • jimmy (27/10/2015, 06:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that child mvw need a good slap! for trying to fool the bands that he going get them into the USVI


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