SEMINARS NEEDED TO EDUCATE HOA MEMBERS ON HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMPLETE OBLIGATORY DOCUMENTS

Premier Andrew Fahie has expressed a need for having seminars to educate Members of the House of Assembly on how to properly complete important obligatory documents such as the Register of Interest declaration form. Premier Fahie’s call came during his recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) hearing on Friday June 18. This was after the COI … Continued

COI’S COMMISSIONER REFUTES LEAK CLAIMS AND ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO LEAKED DOCUMENT

Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom has refuted claims published within a local news article which suggests that confidential information was leaked to the news agency by senior officials of the Commission of Inquiry (COI). Sir Hickinbottom also ordered an immediate investigation into the leak which he termed to be a very serious breach of confidential information. … Continued

LATE SUBMISSION OF REGISTER OF INTERESTS DECLARATION LINKED TO THE ABSENCE OF AN ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY ELECTED HOA MEMBERS

The late submission of the Register of Interests declaration by at least one first-time legislator has been linked to the absence of an orientation process upon taking office. This was the sentiments shared by Junior Minister for Tourism Sharie de Castro when she appeared before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Monday June 14. The … Continued

4 FULLY VACCINATED PORTS OF ENTRY ESTABLISHED FOR VACCINATED INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS INTO THE BVI

The BVI government has established four fully vaccinated ports of entry across the territory to receive fully vaccinated international travellers and crew members. Premier Andrew Fahie made the announcement during a live tourism update on Tuesday June 15, where he revealed that Cabinet had signed onto the new initiative which comes into effect on Thursday … Continued

SPEAKER WILLOCK BELIEVE THE RIGHTS OF SITTING HOA MEMBERS ARE BEING VIOLATED BY THE COI COMMISSIONER

Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock has said that he believes the rights of the members of the House continue to be violated by the Commissioner of Inquiry, Sir Gary Hickinbottom. In a media release statement issued from the Office of the Speaker on Monday June 14, Willock expressed his discontent with several … Continued

SPEAKER WILLOCK CRITICISES REQUEST OF COI TO HAVE HOA MEMBERS SUBMIT POSITION PAPERS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE

Speaker of the House of Assembly (HOA) Julian Willock has criticised the Commissioner of Inquiry following his request to have Members of the House submit a position paper on the topic of good governance. Willock’s statement came during his presentation at the BVI Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Members Training, on Monday June 14. He said that … Continued

COI IMPLEMENTS SPECIALIST IT SYSTEM TO MANAGE THE THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) will be implementing a specialist IT system to manage the thousands of documents submitted during its investigations into the British Virgin Islands government and public sector. This is according to the COI’s Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom, who made the statement during a recent live hearing on the Inquiry’s YouTube page. … Continued

CABINET APPROVES NATIONAL ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING POLICY AND STRATEGY IN THE BVI

The BVI government is taking steps to further strengthen the territory against acts of money laundering, after recently approving a National Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Policy and a National AML/CFT Strategy for 2021-2023. Both the policy and the strategy were recently approved in Cabinet during a May 19 meeting … Continued

BVI GOVERNMENT SUBMITTED OVER 85,000 DOCUMENTS TO COI – HOA SPEAKER JULIAN WILLOCK IN DEFENDING LEGISLATORS COOPERATION

The BVI government has allegedly submitted more than 85,000 documents to aid with the ongoing investigations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI). Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock made the declaration on Friday June 6, in a media release issued by his Office. The release dispelled rumors suggesting that Members of the House … Continued

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SUBMITTED INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS TO COI DURING RECENT HEARING

Documents submitted by the government of the Virgin Islands to assist with the Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigations have been deemed incomplete. This is according to the COI’s Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom, who made the statement during the Inquiry’s first live hearing on YouTube on Wednesday. Sir Hickinbottom was referring to documents submitted during a … Continued