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VIP unveils Manifesto aligned with National Sustainable Development Plan

The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has said it is proud to release its comprehensive manifesto, designed to reflect the needs and aspirations of the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
The 140-page document outlines the vision of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), including its national priorities. Photo: VINO
The 140-page document outlines the vision of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), including its national priorities. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Sharia B. de Castro said the VIP's manifesto was created by the people, for the people. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Sharia B. de Castro said the VIP's manifesto was created by the people, for the people. Photo: VINO
VIP 2023 Manifesto
VIP 2023 Manifesto
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has said it is proud to release its comprehensive manifesto, designed to reflect the needs and aspirations of the people of the Virgin Islands.

The 140-page document outlines the vision of the VIP, including its national priorities.

Additionally, the manifesto highlights some of the achievements of the VIP Government since elected in 2019.

Manifesto aligns with NSDP

According to a press release from the VIP today, April 23, 2023, under the leadership of Chairman and Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and President Sharia B. de Castro, the manifesto was crafted with extensive input from the community and is a direct reflection of the National Sustainable Development Plan.

"We are thrilled to present a manifesto that truly represents the voices and desires of the people of the Virgin Islands," said Chairman Dr the Hon Natalio D Wheatley. "Our party is committed to putting the interests of our citizens first, and this manifesto embodies that commitment."

'Manifesto was created by the people, for the people'- Sharia B. de Castro

President Sharia B. de Castro also noted that "This manifesto was created by the people, for the people. We believe that it provides a clear vision for the future of the Virgin Islands, and we are eager to work together to make that vision a reality."

The Virgin Islands Party Manifesto outlines a series of bold and ambitious plans for the territory, with a focus on sustainable development, economic growth, and social progress.

The party is committed to working with all members of the community to create a brighter future for the Virgin Islands.

"We invite all citizens to review our manifesto and to join us in our mission to move the Virgin Islands forward," said Chairman Dr Wheatley.

"We are excited to work collaboratively towards a better tomorrow for all of us."

No other party has bothered to provide such a detailed manifesto outlining their vision for the territory.

The VIP is also the only party with a full slate of candidates.

See link to VIP manifesto here.

25 Responses to “VIP unveils Manifesto aligned with National Sustainable Development Plan”

  • Political Scientist (23/04/2023, 15:36) Like (46) Dislike (12) Reply
    Publishing a manifesto one day before a general. How useful is it. Manifestos are quaint and dated. They full of visions and promises that a percentage of accomplishment. Few scan it and fewer read them and fewer go back and compare accomplishments with promises..To me, are they worth the paper they are written. Does the VIP actually want voters to access the document, peruse and make a decision based on its content. Much over promising and under delivering. Honestly I’m not reading it hours before the election. I will vote on what I know.
  • Gunsmoke (23/04/2023, 15:40) Like (44) Dislike (126) Reply
    Well done VIP. Well done!!! This party deserves to be reelected hands down.
  • hog wash (23/04/2023, 16:11) Like (109) Dislike (19) Reply
    • These are the reasons to vote for VIP (23/04/2023, 19:42) Like (20) Dislike (60) Reply
      Give the VIP credit where it is due especially having to deal with covid the worse pandemic in the last 100 years and to have to deal with the damages left unattended to from Irma and Maria in the most hectic 4 years in the history of the BVI and the world.

      - New High School buildings and facility to take our teachers and children out of that moldy building they were put in by the NDP for a ridiculous amount of money monthly paid to the NDP partner where that contract was never audited.
      - Electric shuttle bus ride service around town free to all who use it. I use it all the time and love it.
      - New Road Town Market Square.
      - National Sustainable development plan projecting the way forward for the BVI for the next 20 years which shows progressive and innovative thinking. This was assisted by the UN.
      - Thousands of persons received their belonger status after being bluffed by NDP for years & watching the NDP give status to only their rich white friends just before the 2019 general elections.
      - Direct flights to USA(Miami) and back starting soon.
      - Revived the Cruise industry after Covid
      - Salary review for all public officers ongoing with the only delay being the Governor and his office.
      - Paid some of the many increments due to public officers by the NDP Government long before VIP took office.
      - Repaired the BFEC school building on VG
      - Repaired 3 Administration buildings on VG from the damage from Irma. One in North Sound and two in the Valley.
      - Fixed the resivor in North Sound, VG and the water woes.
      - Repaired the Administration building in JVD from the damage from Irma and named it.
      - Fixed the Lee Road in Virgin Gorda
      - Constructed new port dock, building and other facilities on JVD.
      - Paved Dog Hole road on JVD.
      - Constructed and paved new and existing roads on JVD.
      - Address JVD water issues.
      - Paved and Repaired new and existing roads on Anegada.
      - Repaired CCEC school structure on Anegada
      - Repaired basketball court and sport facility on Anegada
      - Repaired Fire station building on Anegada.
      - Repaired community center building on Anegada.
      - Repaired Administration building on Anegada.
      - Saving millions through purchase of new asphalt plant to fix our horrible public roads the NDP said they fixed with $16 mill from Social Security that still remains not properly unaccounted for and somehow missed the COI.
      - Repaired many community centers on Tortola including Sea Cow's Bay, Brewer's Bay, West End and others.
      - Constructed new modern lab at the hospital in Road Town.
      - Completed and opened Hospital in VG.
      - Passed many good governance legislation
      - Governed during the most difficult time in the BVI and world during covid coupled with dealing with all the damages left unattended to by the NDP Government after Iram and Maria.
      - Did an excellent job in keeping a high majority of us safe and alive during the worse of covid and prevented the economy from tanking out with some of the same grants they are now being crucified for now by others who want the public to think the good they did to help is really bad.
      - Repaired many of the roads and infrastructure on Tortola and the other sister islands from the damages from Irma and Maria.
      - Restarted the scholarship abroad programme that was stop after Irma where 50 or more BVI people are now receiving government scholarships yearly to study abroad.
      - Teacher Associate & Bachelors programme at HLSCC and UWI to ensure teachers are trained and qualified.
      - Gained accreditation of hospital.
      - Assistance in funding Masters and above programmes.
      - Major duty tax break for all during covid to pass on to consumers to try to assist in lowering the cost of living which is rising worldwide.
      - Unemployment benefits during COVID where no one in the private industry could work during to the lock down.
      - Transportation programme to assist taxi industry during covid lock down.
      - Amended customs act to allow for many entrepreneurs in the marine industry during covid.
      - Started Marine course and certification at HLSCC to create more opportunities in the marine industry through jobs and entrepreneurs by training and qualifying persons interested from BVI.
      - Retrained and retool persons in the Hospitality industry during covid to prepare them for new opportunities.
      - Started certification programme in the area of alternative energy at HLSCC.
      - Gained accreditation of HLSCC.
      - Continued subsidy for ferry transportation to and from Anegada for Anegadians.
      - Repairing the Administration building in Tortola that was damaged after Irma and never attended to by the NDP.
      - Tax break on stamp duty for all belongers purchasing land and property during the covid era.
      - Saved many businesses, persons and university students from demise through the same grants they are now being crucified for by the well-planned attack.
      - Constructed, Repaired and paved many new and existing roads on Tortola.
      - negotiated with banks to do moratorium to assist the BVI people & businesses with difficulties being experienced in payment during covid.
      - Repaired the Ivan Dawson school and many other school facilities on Tortola.
      - Commenced construction of the long awaited and promised new school facility on Jost Van Dyke.
      - Made sure everyone was fed during all the lock downs with covid with food vouchers and home deliveries among other means.
      - kept us informed and safe as much as was possible during the early bad days of covid where no government in the world knew what to do as there was no playbook for this worse pandemic in the last 100 years.
      - Made sure all district representatives received the same amount of funds whether in government or opposition to try to help we the people during the worse of covid.
      - The first government in years to pass all budgets on time and balanced each budget each of the four years in office.
      - Passed all financial ratings regionally and abroad.
      - Funded many senior citizens programmes to take care of our seniors.
      - Restarted the Alternative Education programme so persons who did not finish school can attend and get their high school diploma.
      - Repaired the multipurpose complex and a/c after major damages due to Irma.
      - Repaired the police stations and marine bases after damages from Irma.
      - Assisted in the opening of Banco Popular on VG so there can be banking on VG again.
      - Passed consumer protection legislation.
      - Repaired many sport facilities including basketball courts like East End, West End, Diamond, Anegada, VG, Carrot Bay, Sea Cow's Bay and all over.
      - Restarted the seniors programme to cherish our seniors and honor them.

      Will stop there for now as the list is extensive in only hectic 4 years. The VIP good far outweighs their negative and that is why the ongoing devious plots are intensifying to try to get in people's mind otherwise to try to influence the elections and try to get VIP out to turn it over to their rich and famous friends but who GOD BLESS no man can curse.

      These are the reasons to vote for VIP. VIP ALL THE WAY!!!
  • Confident for VIP (23/04/2023, 16:57) Like (12) Dislike (31) Reply
    Well done! The people can relate to the VIP. New leader new mandate! Our people’s team!
  • too late (23/04/2023, 17:04) Like (65) Dislike (10) Reply
    The last one wasn't completed.
  • 1000 (23/04/2023, 17:23) Like (73) Dislike (21) Reply
    So another 1000 jobs in a 1000 days again. Their mistakes keep multiplying as polling day approaches.
    • 2023 (23/04/2023, 19:02) Like (23) Dislike (57) Reply
      @ 1000
      dear sir or madam were you living under a rock or maybe on the moon

      Our little BVI encountered a global pandemic: this small territory was face with global lockdowns:
      Less yee forget our territory relies heavily on tourism

      the government of the day had to revamp and our people were faced with 24 hour lockdown and you on here chatting piss about a thousand job in a 1000 days

      all now some of our people still seeking to recover some of us lost love ones:!the focus had to shift to ensuring our population did not fall to covid 19

      The government had bigger fish to fry than 1000 jobs in 1000 days: the word you need to learn "priority"

      run quickly and chat that(COVID 19) A Global Pandemic: all the territory borders were locked down

      try wake up
      • @2023 (24/04/2023, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        have you forgotten when the borders were closed only people considered local were allowed to re-enter. Tell me how unfair that was. it had children left behind by mothers who went away for special medical treatment not offered here and those mother could not return.
    • VIP opposition parties & haters want voters to forget (23/04/2023, 19:50) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      It was just 3yrs ago the world was hit with the worse pandemic in the last 100yrs as stated by the World Health Organization. This caused ALL countries to shut down to try to save lives. The BVI Health officials called on the Government to act now or up to 5000 people in BVI would get covid and may die. The Government blazed the world trail by being one of the 1st countries to shut down cruise industry then the country in the midst of heavy criticism from most current candidates in other political parties. Right after their swift actions the entire world governments followed suite and shut down. The BVI Government saved many lives but we mourn the few we lost. The Government fed all during the lock down and did well to stop the economy from tanking out. All this without any loan, grants, or aid from the UK who said they cannot help the BVI in this area as they had to deal with their UK residents, so they instructed the BVI government to help the BVI people on their own. Eventually the UK sent vaccines, but the BVI VIP Government did well in the worse crisis in the last 100 years where all governments did not know what to do as there was no playbook for this pandemic. I commend the VIP Government for their swift actions. Certain things could have been done differently but this is my and all of our hindsight. Nonetheless they did well and deserves a second term of which my family and I have decided to give them. Most of us would not have been alive if it was not for their swift actions. I say thank you.
    • RedStorm (24/04/2023, 14:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      The reality is that it is not smart. In analysis, it would meant that they have 460 days to find 1000 jobs, bushcutting can take 300 which leave 700 jobs, many of those 700 jobs cannot be part time only. Therefore, the transition of those from high school into work place should be around 75 students, others (325 to be exact) will go to college for the transition for higher education, Another group of 300 will go public and government for work as assistant, they will garner the knowledge of operational procedures to fill the gaps of the retirees.

      It’s smart , but the reality is only half way to completion. Take into consideration, economic crisis, can give many to be out of jobs , or earning little or nothing. Next, minimum wages should not be paid as it stagnates growth and development. Therefore, increasing minimum wages to 12-15$ will hold production in the BVI or create an exodus of mass migration withe the young people. Another, is population growth, many young Virgin Islands youth are going overseas for birthing of their children, only toxins later in life the taste of the international lifestyle kept them abroad, and they contribute to another person’s country, with their skills and knowledge.

      It’s it measurable, is it attainable, is it realistic, what is the time line . We wait to see, who will champ this initiative.
  • Tafari Zharr (23/04/2023, 18:09) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

    By Tafari Zharr

    The Virgin Islands have been on the edge for some time, but how you vote tomorrow may very well bring us back from approaching UK direct rule - and or living in extension on suspension. That’s why I am stepping out on a limb and voicing the harsh idea that since, in essence, you are not voting out National Unity Government- that you should by voting out their leaders who are candidates in this election. Why risk everything on a few brilliant leaders when they can always run again. The only thing at risk is Virgin Islands Vigor - Life as we know it! What will it take to do the right thing instead of the blind loyalty thing?

    JUST A FEW THINGS BEFORE TOMORROW: Think of whether the National Unity Government has already reneged or potentially will renege - so if your vote is the best bellow against direct rule then you have to think of who are responsible to the governor and the parliamentary of the UK . Members of the National Unity Government who are candidates in the VIP party run the risk of compromising the other candidates of the VIP party.

    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS we have to pull together in the hours, days and weeks, after 6pm. We have a year of trying to convince the King that the people, can change, coalesce and make a comeback.

    The survival of the territory as you know it depends on honest leadership assessment. Besides, Your vote tomorrow will be a record of the story that you will one day leave behind, but that in the meantime you get to tell the tales of where you were, how you felt, and whether you placed your mark, hopefully without regret, in the “Legacy Election.”

    LET’S LOOK AT AN UNWILLING POLITICAL INJURY UPON A SON OF THE SOIL. IT Bears out that Vincent Wheatley, elected and appointed District 9 and Minister was politically wounded because someone had to make a political sacrifice; and he became the significant piece for the BVI to move out of the hole, but as was the essential peace offering that no one is rewarding and thanking him enough for Virgin Islands Goddammn!

    If Vincent Wheatley was a career politician I would say alright. But he was not and is not. He traded his dreams of service for the territory. I am not going to say not to vote for someone one but I am asking Y’all voters to look outside the box at what’s the worst thing that could happen if you get the VIP without the NUG leaders? It’s time for your serious VIP leadership meeting.

    Check Vincent’s record online. He is approachable, is intentional, knows the fabric of people that are loyal to the Virgin Islands, understand that the Sister islands needs more than just empty promises and cries of commitment. We need leadership that wants partnership with all people: The kind of leadership that is genuine, disarming, diplomatic, understands finance, understands that the BVI need to thrive in and understands the direction the territory has to go. He’s loyal. He’s not responsible for The Fahie tragedy . I think it’s egregious that the Premier of The National Unity Government has not advance recommendations successfully and sufficiently for the UK to remove temporary suspension - now extended to May 2024; and The House of Assembly is dissolved, what’s left but imposing direct rule immediately as judged necessary.

    JUST A FEW THINGS BEFORE TOMORROW: Think whether or not BVI is capable of working with others in the Eastern Caribbean for oversight.

    ALSO if this election doesn’t take that threat off the table - at best it is the peace offering that made this election possible -

    VOTERS,ON 24 APRIL, 2024 some of you will have the privilege, for the first time, to add value where it truly counts, the responsibility is truly just yours, you get to have a say in choosing your government;

    NO CAMPAIGNING ON ELECTION DAY SO VOTERS: You finally goin’ geh some kamm and schut-air because the media can’t promote candidates or parties. Lemme rush dis, Ah gottah gehdis hair out tonight. Seriously: The offense if convicted is to a fine of $1,000 and to imprisonment for 12 months . Not worth it so don’t do that!


    Remember vote for who you want; but don’t forget that tomorrow you get to pass the candidates like they are exams, particularly those “some-timish” candidates that don’t speak , not personable, and all of a sudden want to sweeten you up and then go right back to being stuck-up; they not reading this so you don’t know about that until after you vote.

    NO MATTER WHAT IF YOU HAVE A LIQUOR LICENSE DON’T GIVE OR SELL NOBODY NO LIQUOR BETWEEN 6AM AND 6PM - Save your drink for to celebrate after voting done okay.

    SO VOTE: Vote in your district for the individual, not party, that you feel will best represent you and your interests and voter for what’s best for the territory based on who has the fortitude, the partnership factor with the people - if you connect on paper but don’t feel the people I am talking to you - politics is about EVERYDAY partnerships with EVERYDAY people - those cliques and posse not sustainable the next four years.

    The right to VOTE, is democracy in action - the privilege to live in a beautiful virgin islands is about the vigor we put out tomorrow and the life we want to have in the future!

    Let’s Do This! Good luck Everybody!
  • Gunsmoke (23/04/2023, 18:15) Like (13) Dislike (97) Reply
    are there any other party Manifesto out there. I can't find any others. Well done VIP. At least we know what you have done and what you intend to do.
    • @ gun smoke (23/04/2023, 20:17) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please tell the old people what's in this manifesto, thank you in advance!
    • @Gunsmoke (24/04/2023, 01:51) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      You too lie. The NDPs entire campaign was based on their manifesto of "Solutions". They established this from day one and it is published in all their social media platforms, their website and all over. So for you to say you cannot find any others. Even a blind person can find them.
  • Hmm (23/04/2023, 18:45) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    The NSDP was funded by govt. it is unethical and inappropriate for a political party to now come and pretend that their manifesto is based on that document. All they trying to so is hoodwink voters, and smacks of desperation. The NSDP is about is term and should transend governments, as the public had input in the process. Further it does not address the current realities on the ground, and should not be cast in stones.
  • Gunsmoke (23/04/2023, 19:55) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    @Hmm. Manifestoes are a live document. They have to be occasionally adjusted based on the situation on the ground. It is stupid for any prospective government to cast a Manifesto in stone. For example, we could soon have a banking and credit crisis on our hands very soon and that can change a lot of things. On the other hand, if your economy continues to prosper especially with American Airlines bringing more business, the sitting government might be able to do more than was expected.
  • Vip rally (23/04/2023, 23:06) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Was big tonight
    I can’t vote but I would go green if I could’ve
    My reason would be a year wasn’t enough for us to really see what they could’ve done
    It was plenty fixing to do and adapt

    Old ppl say u k is what u have
    But u don’t know what u going to meet

  • vip (23/04/2023, 23:35) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    To the world
    Let’s Go Brandon
  • @these are the reasons (24/04/2023, 04:54) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    You either the paid blogger, the brother or the slow one himself. If they had done anything that is of benefit to the country for me and generations to come, there would be no said and desperate list. Their work would have spoken for them. The country in a mess, in summary. Please go away.
  • blame game (24/04/2023, 06:45) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The pandemic lasted just over 2 years so stop blaming it for all the BVI problems. The CoI found systemic problems in the BVI government from the 1980's that various political parties caused and never corrected. Correction time has come and those old political parties and their leaders will be dropped in the dustbin of BVI politics. Now those losers will rest in peace.
  • Common Sense (24/04/2023, 07:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    In times of trouble countries often turn to a coalition government just like Britain did at the beginning of World War 2. The underlying rational for this is to get the right people in place to do specific jobs, in short, the country votes the people, not the party.
    This writer would suggest the BVI is at a point where it needs the right people with the right strengths in place to carry out specific tasks as against a particular party, and, the only way this can be achieved is through a true coalition style government .
  • ... (24/04/2023, 07:53) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is the ndp1/2 manifesto? No coalition will work with so many different leaderships. Only 1 Team is organized and structured and stable. VIP.

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