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VI stalwart Dr Robert A. Mathavious awarded OBE

-Premier Fahie said honour well deserved for commitment to VI’s development
Virgin Islander and stalwart son of the soil, Dr Robert A. Mathavious has been conferred with an Order of British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his unwavering support and services to the [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in offering congratulations on the honour, thanked Dr Mathavious for his commitment to the industry and said the recognition is yet another example of what Virgin Islanders are capable of achieving. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in offering congratulations on the honour, thanked Dr Mathavious for his commitment to the industry and said the recognition is yet another example of what Virgin Islanders are capable of achieving. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Dr Robert A. Mathavious (right) alongside former Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith at the inaugural launch of Regional Business BVI Asia Conference in Hong Kong on September 11, 2014. Photo: BVI House Asia
Dr Robert A. Mathavious (right) alongside former Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith at the inaugural launch of Regional Business BVI Asia Conference in Hong Kong on September 11, 2014. Photo: BVI House Asia
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander and stalwart son of the soil, Dr Robert A. Mathavious has been conferred with an Order of British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his unwavering support and services to the [British] Virgin Islands.

Dr Mathavious, the outgoing Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC), has had a 40-year plus career as a public servant in the territory.

The recognition comes as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honour List of 2020 where some 1,495 people were honoured, with 72% having worked tirelessly for their local communities.

Years of Service to VI

During his distinguished career, Dr Mathavious has served the VI nobly as Deputy Financial Secretary from 1980 to 1985, Financial Secretary from 1985 to 1991, as Director of Financial Services from 1993 to 2001 and steadfastly, as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Financial Services Commission from January 2002.

Over those decades, has worked seamlessly with different Chief Ministers and Premiers serving as the Chief Advisor on financial services, through the many challenges and triumphs of the Territory.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in offering congratulations on the honour, thanked Dr Mathavious for his commitment to the industry and said the recognition is yet another example of what Virgin Islanders are capable of achieving.

Commitment to VI Financial Service

“Dr Mathavious is the embodiment of this wisdom and selflessness and I know that even after retirement, a great part of his legacy will live on throughout the rest of time in those able professionals whom he has shaped through his leadership, tutelage and foresight, and those touched indirectly by the fruits of his work,” Premier Fahie said.

The Premier said the OBE award comes under the heels of a statement he made in the Virgin Islands (VI) Fourth House of Assembly during the Tenth Sitting of the Second Session on Friday, June 19, 2020, entitle titled: Appreciation – Dr Robert Mathavious, LLD.

According to the Leader of Government Business, while Dr Mathavious had indicated his decision to retire from the Commission, effective December 31, 2020, he remains one of the most brilliant professionals with a life dedicated to public service, having held some of the highest offices in this country.

Dr Mathavious cultivated entire industry – Premier Fahie

Hon Fahie said Financial Services industry practitioners, locally and abroad, now owe Dr Mathavious a profound debt of gratitude for his extraordinary service, leadership and mentorship.

This year's OBE honours focused on COVID-19 service, in addition to unwavering commitment and dedication to the local community.

25 Responses to “VI stalwart Dr Robert A. Mathavious awarded OBE”

  • KB (10/10/2020, 16:24) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well deserved. Congrats
  • ???? (10/10/2020, 16:33) Like (21) Dislike (13) Reply
    He may have worked hard, but I don't think he deserves an OBE. As managing director, his failings, and in part his oversight was to the detriment of many locals. The Financial Services Commission is responsible and has been responsible for setting in place regulations controlling interest rates that banks and other lending institutions can charge on loans. This has not been done. The FSC is responsible for setting regulations to control the market conduct of insurance companies. This has not been done. Issues with bank interest rates and the behavior of insurance companies are well known to all and sundry, and something could have been done, but nothing was done.

    Moreover, under his tenure, many locals have been excluded from owning their own financial services business, by virtue of the sky high licensing fees. $30,000 for registered agent licence fee and $250,000 for a Class 1 Trust Company License. There are many other things that have occurred during his tenure, including the chasing away of our captive insurance market, lack of diversification in financial service products due to overly-burdensome regulations, which is now negatively impacting our economy, while others like Cayman Islands, Bermuda, etc., thrive.

    In light of this, how can it be right to give him an OBE?
    • @???? (10/10/2020, 22:35) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      I agree with you on this 100%. He was not forward thinking. Time to give other creative and innovative people a chance. He stayed in the post too long and collect his big fat check. He did absolutely nothing. Then he had a couple airhead cronies he give positions. The people who really worked will not get any credit. I hate what he did to the industry. He is not my OBE sorry.
  • Wow (10/10/2020, 16:39) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Look how these black sell outs so happy to be recognize by their slave masters
  • BYE BYE (10/10/2020, 16:47) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    After his beloved ndp beak up he retired I saw him campaigning for ndp in 1999
  • Thank you! Dr R. Mathavious. (10/10/2020, 16:57) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Your many years of unselfish services are well reconized by many in this Country. One of problems that many of us NATIVE have is that we would jump a the Bandwsgan.and praise a fool, than to honor a servant like you, that has given to very much of your time in needed service to you people. Again I say thank. May The Father of life and love, keep you in His care.
  • Blackbeauty (10/10/2020, 17:04) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Mathavious for an honor well deserved. Do enjoy your retirement.
  • Dan (10/10/2020, 17:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to know what Mr Skeleton Cline thinks about this!
  • mitchell (10/10/2020, 18:23) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congratulation Mr mathavious you deserved it
    God bless you sir
  • 2020 (10/10/2020, 18:45) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    With some of the above comments this is what I say:

    One man cannot do it all. Everyone has someone to report to. At the end of the day God and Mr. Mac ‘s own conscience will be the judge.

    Let God and your own conscience judge you.
  • kudos (10/10/2020, 19:10) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kudos to him!!
  • haters will hate (10/10/2020, 20:04) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Dr. Robert Mactavious OBE for Governor!!!
    • FEO GOMEZ (13/10/2020, 08:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cholesterol level and body fat index please. If see the show Walking Dead on AMC? Ticking time bomb.
  • Beacon light servant (10/10/2020, 20:38) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congratulation to you Dr. Robert Mathavious. All those that are envious of your high honorable OBE award are unable to take it away from you. Be at peace sir, and may God continue to bless you richly. People will talk.
  • judge (10/10/2020, 22:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    It has more OBE in the BVI who are also selfish and undeserving. Truth is the dam government might think he can actually be governor or some sh*****t. Overrated people like them get reward for nothing. Im not hating just fed up of the stupid cycle. Congratulations anyway.

  • Me aint know but. (11/10/2020, 04:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'M TOLD THAT this many has served in many other capacities after going through the Secondary school and the zBVIHS. He taught many of our greats as a Teacher at BVIHigh.He was Financial Secretary for a period when others thought he was too young for the job, but the only other who would have held the position at that time was CB Romney and he was the Chief Minister. He was acting Governor as well as the Deputy at times. He spare headed our finances with and after Mr Bain and he spareheaded our higest offices and the management for years. With all his accolades he is so humble and down to earth, no wonder CSC couldn't touch him with a 100- foot pole.. how come only after he decides to retire the Government acknowledges how great an asset he is? I hope they send him off in grand style. Give him the credential pepers not as placks, but in big USCurrency Notes. Hope you get your rewards while you are alive. Not how NoelLloyd ,Rasahuro and others were to our ratings disrespected. GIVE HONOR WHEN AND WHERE IT IS DUE.. Claude put that "in your Smoke and Pipe it".
  • Proud BVIslander (11/10/2020, 07:52) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    When one part of the Territory rejoices, the entire Territory should be rejoicing, not using stones to tear down an honourable man, as the handful of jealous cowards out there who have taken to attacking my friend.

    Robert is deserving of the honour that has been bestowed upon him, and so much more. During his decades of meritorious service to our Territory and its people, he has walked with royalty, and people in high places; he has mingled with the downtrodden and the pauper alike, and he has never lost the common touch.

    Knowing my friend, he would be the last person to readily accept a high honour such as this one. To have been maligned by the handful of jealous bloggers out there in cyberworld who have risen up to tear him down, is downright despicable.

    As I join the myriad of proud BVIslanders and BVI residents who applaud this humble son of the soil, I wish to remind the naysayers of Matthew 5:3-12 in the Holy Bible. I remind them to give honour where it is due, and of the well-remembered admonition of our elders: 'if you don't have anything good to say, shut up!'

    Finally, I look forward with great anticipation to the next step, being the day when my friend is knighted in recognition of the selfless service and personal sacrifices he has made, for the benefit of all who call this island paradise home.

    Well done, good and faithful servant!
  • B.WEE. Citizen (11/10/2020, 09:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you SIR. you did it to the best of your GOD given ability.
    • @b.wee citizen (11/10/2020, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

      His position was the most ceremonial one while the expats do the work and fatten them pocket and take them money overseas. Locals should be better off from the industry but they are not. Please if he could give back the OBE. He is the master of all master of the same Old Bulls**** Everyday (OBE). Happy OBE day.

  • josiah'sbay (11/10/2020, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    A people that admire and honor their oppressor can't be a vehicle for self determination. They are stewards of the oppression. Until the mind changes the ship will remain on the same course.
  • guy hill (11/10/2020, 13:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Nativs Son. Haters will hate. Be brave.
  • Hmmn (11/10/2020, 19:09) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    @????
    While you are entitled to your comments, I totally disagree with you.
    It would be nice if you understood Financial Services Business and why certain legislation had to be passed.
    I have the highest respect for Mr.Mac.
    He ensured that local BVI landers were trained in the business and always had a succession plan in place.
    The top posts in FSC are held by BVIslanders.
    Congratulations Mr. Mathavious. Well done!!!
  • Grateful (12/10/2020, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for your help! May God continue to bless you and, do enjoy your retirement
  • FEO GOMEZ (12/10/2020, 14:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It should say to the BRITISH EMPIRE. 50 or so years ago this award would be called the"SAMBO SELL OUT" award. You are not rewarded for making your indigenous people successful. You are rewarded for making the Crown and those who look like the Queen of the Leviathans successful.
  • down2earth (14/10/2020, 13:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    FSC carried and continues to carry the financial burden of this country. A thank you to all those who have burned the mid-night oil and have gone beyond the call of duty. FSC would make Hon. H.L. Stoutt proud.

    Congrats, Mr. Mac! You have served our country with distinction!




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