Friday 21 February, 2020

BVI & USVI working to strengthen ties

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The British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the US Virgin Islands (USVI) are working to strengthen ties.

This was revealed by BVI Premier Andrew Fahie.

In a release, Premier Fahie said both territories agreed to meet once every month, as they attempt to design a roadmap meant to ensure that their shared goals are realized.

According to Premier Fahie, this decision was reached during the 8th annual Inter-Virgin Islands Council meeting which was held on Tuesday.

“One of the things coming out of this meeting is there will be no business as usual, but business unusual. This means that our standing committees will meet once a month to ensure that we iron out the areas we have in common and work out the grey areas where there are differences,” he said.

The release further stated “The objective is for the committees to work together so that in the next couple of months, we can come up with solutions ahead of the meeting next year. We have stated now that we want a greater Virgin Islands, and we will work towards that direction.”

Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Albert Bryan Jr. said Tuesday’s meeting was extremely successful. He said the topics discussed and decisions made will benefit both the BVI and the USVI.

 “The one thing that is key is the strong familial ties that lie between the British- and US Virgin Islands and our constant commitment to ensure that our people are resilient in the face of our challenges and that we can take advantage of the possibilities and opportunities of a collaborative Greater Virgin Islands,” he said.

Premier Fahie and Governor Bryan have agreed to assign a representative to lead the monthly meeting, which will house the Council’s 12 standing committees.

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