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USVI/BVI 2019: 'The time is now'- Premier Fahie

The Virgin Islands delegation to the 46th annual USVI/BVI Friendship Day received a warm welcome in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Here we see USVI Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr (D) greeting Virgin Islands Premier, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands’ First lady Mrs Sheila E. Forbes-Fahie, left, presented a gift to USVI’s First Lady Mrs Yolandan Bryan, right. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands’ First lady Mrs Sheila E. Forbes-Fahie, left, presented a gift to USVI’s First Lady Mrs Yolandan Bryan, right. Photo: Team of Reporters
Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Willock, 4th from left, presented a gift Senate President of the 33rd Legislature Hon Novelle E. Francis (D), 3rd from right. Hon Willock called on both the Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, and the Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), 2nd from left, to join him in presenting the gift, which he said was on behalf of the HoA. Photo: Team of Reporters
Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Willock, 4th from left, presented a gift Senate President of the 33rd Legislature Hon Novelle E. Francis (D), 3rd from right. Hon Willock called on both the Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, and the Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), 2nd from left, to join him in presenting the gift, which he said was on behalf of the HoA. Photo: Team of Reporters
US Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr (D), right, and Virgin Islands Premier, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the 46th annual USVI/BVI Friendship Day in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Saturday, October 19, 2019 . Photo: Team of Reporters
US Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr (D), right, and Virgin Islands Premier, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the 46th annual USVI/BVI Friendship Day in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Saturday, October 19, 2019 . Photo: Team of Reporters
US Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr (D), greets Virgin Islands Acting Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) while Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gets a warm hug from Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands, Tregenza A. Roach. Photo: Team of Reporters
US Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr (D), greets Virgin Islands Acting Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) while Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) gets a warm hug from Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands, Tregenza A. Roach. Photo: Team of Reporters
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The Virgin Islands (VI) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) celebrated the 46th annual USVI/BVI Friendship Day, starting at the Crown Bay Centre and ending at the Mark C. Marin Centre on St Thomas, USVI, on Saturday October 19, 2019.

It was a day that saw many cultural displays by the USVI youths, songs, dances, food, speeches and of course gift exchanges.

The USVI Governor, Albert A. Bryan Jr (D), and the Virgin Islands Premier, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), reaffirmed the bonds of friendship. Hon Fahie noted there is a new generation of leadership in both territories and it’s “no longer about just talk but about substance.”

Governor Byran agreed and noted that he looks forward to the day when there is ‘free movements’ between both islands.

Tortola was kind to me- USVI Lieutenant Gov Roach

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach Esq, spoke emotionally about his fond memories of Tortola, when he had to come in as an immigrant to have his passport stamped as having left the USVI as was mandatory for persons on special visas in the USVI at the time. He noted how well he was treated by the people of the VI and his positive experiences at the then Beef Island Airport.

Later in the day there were more celebrations of the bonds between the Greater Virgin Islands. Senate President of the 33rd Legislature Hon Novelle E. Francis (D) noted at the Mark C. Marin Center how proud he was of the people of the Greater Virgin Islands and also presented a gift to Hon Julian Willock, the Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA).

Hon Willock in turn moved a toast to the people of the USVI and called on both the Premier and the Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) to join him in presenting a gift to the Senate President, as he noted his gift was on behalf of the HoA.

More gifts

Also, VI’s First lady Mrs Sheila E. Forbes-Fahie presented a gift to USVI’s First Lady Mrs Yolanda Bryan. The day had a large gathering of USVI Cabinet officials, staff, and many Virgin Islanders, who have relatives in both territories.

Also part of Premier Fahie’s delegation were Acting Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) and Deputy Speaker of the HoA, Hon Neville A. Smith (AL).

There were also senior public officers from both sides.

History

The first VI/USVI Friendship Day was held on October 21, 1972 in Tortola. Leading the Official USVI Delegation at that time were Governor Melvin H. Evans and senate President Earle B. Ottley.

On the VI side, in 1972, the delegation was headed by the Chief Minister Dr Willard Wheatley, and Speaker of the House Howard Penn.

15 Responses to “USVI/BVI 2019: 'The time is now'- Premier Fahie”

  • i from here (20/10/2019, 18:47) Like (59) Dislike (22) Reply
    So happy we in the bvi got back a local First Lady
  • big question (20/10/2019, 18:49) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    IS FAHIE THE GOVERNOR ?? BY THE WAY, WHERE WAS HE AND WHY HE WASN'T THERE ??
    • Strpzz (20/10/2019, 20:43) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      I suggest you do reading comprehension, context clues and observe the photos before you post. Common sense aint so common I guess??
    • @ big question (20/10/2019, 21:38) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      Who cares we elect fahie
    • @Big question (21/10/2019, 18:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you had research the history of this celebration then you will never ask what you are asking.
  • pat (20/10/2019, 21:39) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Long live both islands
  • opposition (20/10/2019, 23:59) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Were the bodyguards down there? Who paid for their tickets?
  • Uncle (21/10/2019, 08:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sister Island love!
  • Dorcas (21/10/2019, 09:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Friendship day and the BVI public not invited. Disappointment would be understated.
  • Truth (21/10/2019, 10:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was there what a wonderful event
  • Asking .... (21/10/2019, 11:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where are all the organizations that also attended as in the past? Rotary, Teachers Union etc
  • silly questions (21/10/2019, 21:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess the opposition man Mark will ask the cost of the trip lol Lol
  • Side Note (22/10/2019, 15:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our premier needs an official stylist for official events! There are certain ways to dress for particular functions. He is now the head of the country, I am not saying he is not tidy, I'm saying he should consider a stylist so he knows what works best in certain events. Look at St. Thomas delegation and Governor?? Then look at our Premier and Leader of the Opposition. Not acceptable.


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