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May 19th, 2024
Hon Smith leading 13-member trade mission delegation to Asia

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) has announced that the Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour, and Trade, the Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE (AL), will lead a 13-member delegation on a trade mission to Asia, one of the VI’s most important business markets. The delegation will also be joined by industry counterparts from Asia.

May 15th, 2024
Gov't made good progress in key areas by listening to people– Hon Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As part of a message on the Government’s one year in office, Deputy Premier Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE (AL) said the creation of the Ministry of Financial Services, Labour and Trade (MFSLT) marked a significant shift in focus for the Territory's economic development.

May 13th, 2024
Deputy Premier wants swift resolution to issues affecting Republic Bank’s customers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE has said the Government of the [British] Virgin Islands is aware of recent developments at Republic Bank (BVI) Limited, which resulted in the withdrawal of funds from several customer accounts.

May 8th, 2024
Draft Report on Minimum Wage submitted

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Ministry of Financial Services, Labour and Trade has received the draft report of the ad hoc Minimum Wage Advisory Committee.

April 24th, 2024
1 year later Hon Lorna G. Smith appears on VIP political platform

CAPPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- Today, April 24, 2024, marks the first year of the 2023 general elections when the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) took six out of thirteen seats. The National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate at the time, Hon Lorna G. Smith OBE, then crossed the floor to join the VIP, giving them the one-member majority to form the Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

April 20th, 2024
Hon Smith reaffirms VI’s position on fighting fraud & financial crimes

SCRUB ISLAND, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour, and Trade, Honourable Lorna G. Smith (AL), OBE on April 19, 2024, delivered the keynote address at the special 20th anniversary meeting and conference of ICC FraudNet.

April 14th, 2024
Hon Lorna G. Smith opens 1st constituency office on Anegada

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade Honourable Lorna G. Smith, OBE, on Friday, April 12, 2024, became the first elected representative to open a constituency office on Anegada.

April 12th, 2024
New work permit exemptions by Minister's discretion temporarily suspended

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Department of Labour and Workforce Development under the Ministry of Financial Services, Labour and Trade have announced a temporary suspension of new work permit exemptions by Minister's discretion, effective immediately.

April 11th, 2024
‘Bureaucracy’ stalling salvaging of derelict boats across VI- Deputy Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Speaker and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE has expressed frustration that nearly 7 years since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the VI, hundreds of destroyed vessels remain in the harbours across the territory.

April 11th, 2024
Hon Smith to open Anegada constituency office tomorrow April 12, 2024

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade, Hon Lorna G. Smith (AL) will be opening her Anegada District Office tomorrow, Friday, April 12, 2024.

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