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UPDATE: Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in @ DTCA from Nov 3

- She has confirmed that her resignation from TRC takes effect from October 24, 2014
"Yes I am in receipt of the appointment, I did sign off and I have resigned from the TRC," said Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in a comment to Virgin Islands News Online today September 25, 2014. Photo: Provided
She said taking up the position at the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs would afford her the opportunity to live her dream in a career field that would see her performing at a level she loves to. Photo: VINO/File
She said taking up the position at the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs would afford her the opportunity to live her dream in a career field that would see her performing at a level she loves to. Photo: VINO/File
This news site’s sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have told our news room that Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have approved Karia J. Christopher, an indigenous Virgin Islander to become the new Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs. Photo: Facebook
This news site’s sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have told our news room that Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have approved Karia J. Christopher, an indigenous Virgin Islander to become the new Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs. Photo: Facebook
‎ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "Yes I am in receipt of the appointment, I did sign off and I have resigned from the TRC," said Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in a comment to Virgin Islands News Online today September 25, 2014.

Mrs. Christopher confirmed her resigning from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) following a recent press release by the Government information Service (GIS).

The release said, “His Excellency the Governor Mr. John S. Duncan OBE acting on the advice of the Public Service Commission, has approved the appointment of Mrs. Karia J. Christopher to the post of Director in the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs (DTCA). Mrs. Christopher will take up her appointment from November 3."

Christopher told this news site that her resignation takes effect from October 24, 2014. "So I am leaving. I resigned [from] October 24th," she said.

She said that taking up the position at the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs would afford her the opportunity to live her dream in a career field that would see her performing at a level she loves to.

She has been with the TRC since 2006 and said that as she did not aspire to the position of Chief Executive Officer of TRC, there was not much further she could have gone since she had reached her peak in the position of Chief Administrative Officer.

See previous story published on September 16, 2014:

Karia J. Christopher In! To head Trade & Consumer Affairs Dept

-Mrs Christopher speaks exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - This news site’s sources within the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have told our news room that Premier Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have approved Karia J. Christopher, an indigenous Virgin Islander to become the new Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs.

However, it is unclear when she will start her new job as negotiations on terms and conditions are still ongoing. The Trade & Consumer Affairs Department falls under the Office of the Premier.

The same source also told our news room in an invited comment that the job came down to two front runners Mrs. Christopher and Mrs. Monique Hodge Bell the Assistant Complaints Commissioner.

The NDP source also confirmed that the Ag. Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mr. Broderick Penn was backing Mrs. Hodge Bell, however the subject Minister and the PSC wanted Mrs. Christopher.

In the end the Governor agreed to the recommendation of the PSC and the Premier.

Speaking with this news site yesterday September 15, 2014, Mrs Christopher said, “I am still at TRC, I worked there today, I intend to go there tomorrow. I am haven’t left the TRC just yet. I don’t want to leave the TRC until the goals that I had for this period are closed off in total, I am not going to leave them hanging with any issues that were under my portfolio.”

Mrs. Christopher confirmed that she did apply for the position of Director of Trade in the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs (DTCA) and was successful.

However, she said no date or time has been set just yet as to when she would sit in the office. “Honestly, I don’t know. I am very honest to say that the post was offered but I have not signed yet,” she told this news site.

Currently Mrs. Christopher holds the position as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) for some six year and according to her there is not much scope to elevate to a more senior position that would allow her to spread her wings to do things that she would enjoy.

With this in mind when the opening was advertised in the government system she jumped at the opportunity to apply. “I have been at the TRC for six years and I have basically reached my peak in that organization. The next position for me to assume is the CEO position which I really didn’t have a personal desire to going into because my strength is really in marketing and things of that nature. I really have no intentions of becoming the CEO of TRC,” she told this news site.

She viewed the opening of the position in the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs as one to have been very timely as it has blotted out the strain of going job hunting.

She said that taking up the new post will give her the opportunity to be more interactive with people something that would fulfill her dream.

“There I will be more involved with people, doing things from the ground up so I saw Trade and Investment to be a real opportunity for me to show some progress in that light,” said Christopher.

When she started her employment with the TRC in 2008 she said her transition from First Caribbean was a completion transition in itself and that she has learnt a lot. She said that one of the fondest and cherished memories that she has of being with the TRC would be the coordinating and organizing of the annual World Telecoms Day activities.

“That’s a signature event for me. It came about from the first year I was employed with TRC as it was the very first time it was held in the BVI and they had entrusted that in my hands to coordinate. Everyone looked forward every year to see what next I was going to come with for that observance. It something I will miss the most,” said Ms Christopher.

She said that event was one that gives them the opportunity to show the TRC in a very positive light. However she said that until pen hits paper and dates and timelines are set, she is 100% committed to her job as CAO of the TRC.

44 Responses to “UPDATE: Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in @ DTCA from Nov 3”

  • DON Q (16/09/2014, 09:42) Like (53) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well saw brodrick lost another fight
  • ABC (16/09/2014, 09:51) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    She will do well kudos
  • big fan (16/09/2014, 10:05) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Congrats Karia. We know that you will leave your positive stamp on the Trade Department, and wish you only the best!

    But wait, lemme take a selfie first! :-)
  • Yaas (16/09/2014, 10:08) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Cuz, I am so proud of you. Without a doubt you will bring that department to a level of excellence. Congrats on a job well done.
  • blessings (16/09/2014, 10:24) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Blessings to you Mrs. Christopher, I know that you will shine like the star that you are! congrats!
  • chad (16/09/2014, 10:49) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    I like the short look. Very nice. Congrats on your new job!
  • jokes (16/09/2014, 10:57) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    how will she deal with mattie? she better mek he her duputy
  • yellow (16/09/2014, 11:11) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    THIS POST TO SMALL FOR HER
  • Great things (16/09/2014, 11:27) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I know you will blow up Trade and make that the department to be seen. Good things going on for you. Awesome job and congrats.
    • hello? (16/09/2014, 14:07) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      I do think she will do a good job as well. However, blow it up to be seen? Trade is not Tourist Board or IFC. Its mandate is to facilitate local business in the best interest of the BVI and ensure that commerce is being conducted locally in a manner according to our Laws. It's serious business!
  • perfect (16/09/2014, 11:31) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who GOD bless let no man curse. Blessings to you my sister. Proud of you, big up to you and the positive attitude that you continue to maintain.
  • Lovely (16/09/2014, 11:42) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    That's a lovely pic. You will do exceedingly well in Jesus name. We continue to be 100 percent supportive of you. Congrats my dear.
  • Sam (16/09/2014, 13:12) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I have had the privilege of seeing this woman in action at Rotary. Such a great personality! All the best to you.
  • RCT (16/09/2014, 13:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your Rotary Family is proud of you RT Karia. Congrats on your newest achievement.
  • Friendly (16/09/2014, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Nice going Oprah, you stepping up. Please don't do a Frett on us. Deliver when you promise to.
  • just asking..... (16/09/2014, 16:28) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    So why brodrick waz blocking the talk show star?
    • @jus asking (16/09/2014, 19:26) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Knowing Karia, that's water under the bridge for her. They will be best friends and learn from each other.
    • Friendly (17/09/2014, 14:10) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Man who he think he is? Blocking our Oprah from the job. These Elitist minded fools need to remember they born the same way like all of us and will die the same way. They need to stop trying to put themselves above others and stop playing an uncle tom.
  • Nice (16/09/2014, 16:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP doing big things! That's a lady from the 3rd!
  • RAM (16/09/2014, 17:04) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    These government jobs......strupes.......NEXT
  • Excellent (16/09/2014, 17:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Karia, go with God and remember your Christian up bringing. So very proud of you.
  • farmer brown (16/09/2014, 18:22) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope she use her post to help ppl and not show off
  • Kermit the Frog (16/09/2014, 18:30) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    You forgot to put on your wig this morning. But that's none of my business.
  • 3rd Districk (16/09/2014, 22:48) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Brodrick try block you but how you go keep a good woman down. Keep your head up. Take a selfie Boom!
  • just asking.... (17/09/2014, 01:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are your performance measures? How long should it take your department to respond to my call?
  • time will tell (17/09/2014, 01:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Karia Christopher has her work cut out for her, and since I have no advice for her I will just have to wish her well and all the luck and success in the world. Sorry I cannot be of any help at all,
  • Shara Parlin (17/09/2014, 01:50) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why does the NDP like to talk so much to VINO? Is this a case that the rats abandon the sinking ship!!!Shart
  • Hmm (17/09/2014, 06:44) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    That will hold Brodrick's show offing tail. I can't stand people who think success is only for them and their friends. Kill them with kindness Karia, Gods in control.
    • car key (17/09/2014, 08:26) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      And if you all see the letter he wrote about karia the boy turning out to be another myron and bow tie wicked and selfish
      • @ car key (17/09/2014, 14:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        send a copy to vino pleae so the rest of us can see
      • de day (18/09/2014, 11:07) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mr. Penn day will come
        • 16 year old (18/09/2014, 14:30) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply

          Typically young people when they reach to the top they want no one else up there sometimes the politician are useful as if it was not for Dr. Smith Karia would not have gotten the job. Never knew Br...ick waz so bad minded!

  • Stopit (17/09/2014, 12:25) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The time all you hear blogging f**eart about our own people, one class of people own 30 plus businesses and looking more, none looking around and asking why some trade licenses don't carry some conditions to protect our people in the future. Can my grandchildren open 20 businesses in Alkebulan? Take warning, we are sleeping with one eye open...
  • geroge w touch (17/09/2014, 14:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    K you moving on up GO GIRL!
  • Yes girl (18/09/2014, 06:47) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Karia I don't know what it is but the people them rally round you boy. The haters are usually out for good news but based on what I see and hear you absolutely will shine, kill them with kindest! Kudos to you girl. Shine, shine, shine!!
  • cay (25/09/2014, 15:42) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    she starts out talking too much
  • great (25/09/2014, 18:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's a nice pic Karia.
  • hot seat (25/09/2014, 18:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Girl you in the hot seat but I know you will do a great job.
  • Hmm (26/09/2014, 08:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    That Penn boy will be the downfall of that Ministry. When you think that you know it all and have very little respect for others there will only be one outcome. Obviously he doesn't know this country well.
  • Fly (26/09/2014, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yawn...
  • civil servant (26/09/2014, 16:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who will want a job having to deal with brodrick and mattie? I feel for you karia
  • @civil servant (26/09/2014, 19:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wha you saying it that bad? Them boy deem not fit to work with lol. Karia keep Jesus on your side, you got this. The masses behind of you.


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