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Gov’t salutes Dr Robert A. Mathavious for sterling contributions to VI

- Regarded a ‘national hero’ for years of service to local financial sector
Former school teacher and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC) Dr Robert A. Mathavious has received honours from the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) for his sterling contributions to the VI’s financial services sector and economic development. Photo: GIS/File
At the ceremony entitled, 'The House that Dr Mathavious built,’ which was held on Monday, November 15, 2021, at the auditorium of the Eileen L. Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Dr Mathavious was celebrated with music, singing, tributes and a documentary presentation that saluted and chronicled his life in the sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
At the ceremony entitled, 'The House that Dr Mathavious built,’ which was held on Monday, November 15, 2021, at the auditorium of the Eileen L. Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Dr Mathavious was celebrated with music, singing, tributes and a documentary presentation that saluted and chronicled his life in the sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Speaking at the event on behalf of the Government was Acting Premier, Dr. The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) who saluted Dr Mathavious for his sterling contributions to the VI and Financial sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Speaking at the event on behalf of the Government was Acting Premier, Dr. The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) who saluted Dr Mathavious for his sterling contributions to the VI and Financial sector. Photo: GIS/Facebook
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - Former school teacher and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BVI Financial Services Commission (FSC) Dr Robert A. Mathavious has received honours from the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) for his sterling contributions to the VI’s financial services sector and economic development.

Dr Mathavious has served the territory for nearly 40 years across the financial sector and was widely known as the 'Chief Architect' behind the development of the VI’s financial services sector, which now contributes more than 60% to the territory’s GDP.

Public Service celebration

At the ceremony entitled, 'The House that Dr Mathavious built,’ which was held on Monday, November 15, 2021, at the auditorium of the Eileen L. Parsons Auditorium at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Dr Mathavious was celebrated with music, singing, tributes and a documentary presentation that saluted and chronicled his life in the sector.

Dr Mathavious was the key advocator for the establishment of the Financial Service Commission which he served as Managing Director of since its inception and also held multiple positions in the public service over the past 40 years.

Speaking at the event on behalf of the Government was Acting Premier, Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), who saluted Dr Mathavious for his sterling contributions to the VI and its financial sector.

Calling him a ‘Giant of a Man,’ Dr Wheatley said as a member of the VI community, Dr Mathavious has dedicated a significant portion of his life to building something greater than himself that, in scale and impact, has been felt across the entire VI and world.

Dr Mathavious a 'Chief Architect' of VI

“Today it is my great honour as Acting Premier to pay tribute to one of the Chief Architects of financial services in the Virgin Islands, for his outstanding contributions in this sector which have resonated far beyond our shores.

“Young person such as myself, primarily know Doctor Mathavious for his contributions in financial services, however, his public service career actually began as a teacher, specifically an Assistant Teacher and Lab Master at the BVI High School,” Hon Wheatley said.

According to Dr Wheatley, Dr Mathavious' exceptional leadership has grown the VI into an international finance center that is highly trusted and recognised by international businesses that provide numerous employment and economic opportunities for the VI people.

“It was his philosophy that the Virgin Islands must continuously adapt to change. That has helped the territory to earn international recognition as a jurisdiction that implements and adhered to international standards while at the same time remaining competitive,” Dr Wheatley said.

Dr Mathavious awarded OBE

In October 2020, Dr Mathavious became a recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours for his contributions to financial services in the VI.

Dr Mathavious has also made invaluable contributions in the voluntary sector too, serving more than 20 philanthropic groups, including supporting the elderly and establishing the Youth Boys Brigade.

Dr Mathavious was also regarded a 'National Hero’ by the Government for his sterling contributions to the VI as well as an inspiration to the people of the territory.

10 Responses to “Gov’t salutes Dr Robert A. Mathavious for sterling contributions to VI”

  • Blackbeauty (16/11/2021, 20:51) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Mathavious for your contributions to the territory, and an award well deserved.
  • asura (17/11/2021, 07:13) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    others need to be honored too
    • Native Senior Citizen of the BVI (17/11/2021, 08:28) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Asura
      With you I agree.
    • @asura (17/11/2021, 16:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      While that my be the case, it is without reservation to acknowledge that Mr. Mathavious was deserving of this!!!!
  • Native Senior Citizen (17/11/2021, 08:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honour is reserved only for those that it is due.
    Congratulations to you Dr. Robert A. Mathavious for your many years of untiring service to us, the people of the British Virgin Islands. May God's continuing blessings be pour into your life. Amen.
  • Shaft (17/11/2021, 09:02) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    AS A FRIEND , ALL RESPECT TO YOU BRO , AND I HOPE THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE COUNTRY CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM THE STANDARDS YOU HAVE SET ( INTEGRITY)
  • coi (17/11/2021, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    CONGRATS DR. MAC. Hope you get well fast!!
  • Well deserved (17/11/2021, 12:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Mathavious,
    He always ensured that his staff was trained and held top positions in the Commission.
    He is well deserving of All that is bestowed on him.
  • ??? (17/11/2021, 13:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    When are we going to honor all the speakers past and present???
  • ?? (17/11/2021, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your flowers and accolades while you can still smell the roses!

    Congrats Dr. Mathavious for a job well done!


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