Saturday 24 October, 2020

BVI to boost marine sector; aims for 60% renewable energy by 2030

BVI Premier Andrew Fahie

BVI Premier Andrew Fahie

The government of the British Virgin Islands says 2020 is dedicated to launching initiatives to reduce the territory's carbon footprint and programmes meant to empower the nations workforce.  

Also included in this plan, are moves to improve the infrastructure at state-owned HL Stoutt Community College, which was left severely damaged after hurricane Irma.

The institution only reopened its doors in September 2019, and according to Premier Andrew Fahie, plans are also afoot, to improve the quality of courses offered.

The ministry of education is specifically committed to improving the quality of the schools marine programme, and will cover tuition costs for all Virgin Islanders interested in becoming certified in different areas of the marine sector.

Premier Fahie said immediate training would be offered in areas where there is a high demand for skilled labour.

“For those who want to go on further in terms of the more academic section of it or the business section of it, we are encouraging that because the virgin islands are surrounded by the sea. It is one of the greatest goldmines around us and most of the Caribbean we continue to ignore. Although we have paid some service to it, it has not been to the magnitude that it should be. There are a lot of business opportunities that can develop through this,” he said.

 The BVI Premier said since being elected into office in February 2019, his administration has been hard at work to bring to fruition, plans of energy sustainability to the islands. The aim, he said, is to have the territory powered by no less than 60 percent renewable energy, come 2030. Also at the top of the agenda, is to have its second largest island, transition to 80 percent renewable energy by 2021.

Later this month, the government will launch a programme meant to arm citizens with the tools necessary to work in the renewable energy sector. Premier Fahie said this pioneer programme, serves the dual purpose of empowering citizens and arming a local workforce to fill a gap that would otherwise be filled by individuals from outside of the British Virgin Islands.

Premier Fahie was responding to questions posed by Mervin Hanley, CEO of The Hanley Group Limited (THG), last week. THG is a Media firm based in St Kitts and Nevis.

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