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VI seeking solidarity to fight EU, UK pressure – Premier to OECS

-Says region must united to defend & protect from unfair and onerous demands
Premier Fahie talks with 4th Vice President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council, Diana Perran and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
Premier Fahie talks with current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
Premier Fahie talks with current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
The two-day meeting from March 14 to 16, 2019, saw the formal accession of Guadeloupe to Associate Membership in the OECS with Hon FAhie saying he is especially happy that the cause of regional unity is being advanced. Photo: Internet Source
The two-day meeting from March 14 to 16, 2019, saw the formal accession of Guadeloupe to Associate Membership in the OECS with Hon FAhie saying he is especially happy that the cause of regional unity is being advanced. Photo: Internet Source
BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) commenting on his recent trip to Guadeloupe for a special Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) meeting says he is pleased with the progress of regional unity and the BVI’s role in the agenda to fight outside pressure from Europe.

The two-day meeting from March 14 to 16, 2019, saw the formal accession of Guadeloupe to Associate Membership in the OECS with Hon FAhie saying he is especially happy that the cause of regional unity is being advanced.

Grateful

“It was a joy to be able to welcome Guadeloupe as an associate member of the body. I will be forever grateful for the way the leaders of the region welcomed me. At that meeting we were able to address the things that are of concern to the BVI,” Hon Fahie said.

The event saw participation from other OECS Heads including Chairman of the OECS Authority and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, Director General of the OECS Authority, Dr Didacus A. Jules and President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Mr Ary Chalus who all addressed the body.

According to Hon Fahie, “We are encouraged by the solidarity expressed by members in our fight to save our Financial Services sector. We also got a listening ear about our concerns about the aggressive push against our interests by some members of the UK parliament. We have no doubt that through regional solidarity, the cause of the BVI will be rightly defended.”

Sub-Regional Solidarity

According to Hon Fahie in his address, “Our struggles in this Caribbean basin have always been one and the same and it manifests itself in the modern day through our shared interest in having to defend and protect our different financial services sectors from unfair and onerous demands from a few in the United Kingdom Parliament in particular in our case; and the European Union in all of our cases.”

He says that the VI will continue to seek solidarity in standing up to a new aggressive push from outsiders, “which seems determined to issue edicts to its overseas territories in the region, without paying attention to the expressed will of the people, and ignoring our own values and customs which are deeply fashioned by both history, geography and our Faith.”

7 Responses to “VI seeking solidarity to fight EU, UK pressure – Premier to OECS”

  • Charley Rose (18/03/2019, 16:32) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon. Premier Andrew Fahie stamped his presence on the OECS and shows that he could represent the territory as a statesman anywhere in the world. That is true leadership. I am confident that when he is confronted by the British he will not succumb to the International pressure. I know that he will stand up for the people of the Virgin Islands. That is why he is known as the Brown Bomber.
    • cromwell (19/03/2019, 09:10) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      As long as these islands are British, they will be controlled by the UK, so, clearly, if the government wants to make all the decisions irrespective of the UK, the answer is simple, go independent.
  • Voters (18/03/2019, 20:44) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    He certainly off to a good start
  • WHAT!!! (18/03/2019, 22:24) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good going Mr. Premier, strength in numbers.
  • rodent (19/03/2019, 08:12) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Solidarity with Who???After BVI continually avoided the other Caribbean islands for years? Let the Belongers fight the pressures. Steupse
    • @ Rodent (19/03/2019, 10:47) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      the NDP hated the Caribben people they like whites and the Chinese
      • rodent (19/03/2019, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dear Person that tried responding to me.... Xenophobia is not politically defined by NDP, orVIP or (PUP -name speaks for itself) ..... the reference Belongers/Non-Belonger says enough. Sigh.


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