GOV’T TO MEET WITH PUBLIC ABOUT REFORM

Today, the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley made a statement on behalf of the Government of National Unity, where he announced an upcoming series of public meetings to liase with the public on a variety of issues to engage Government reform beginning on the 20th of June. The Premier … Continued

DECISION ON PARTIAL SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTION STILL PENDING – NO TIMELINE AVAILABLE

No timeline has been given by the United Kingdom Government on when a decision will be made with regards to the overarching Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report recommendation of a partial suspension of the territory’s Constitution. Governor His Excellency John Rankin made the disclosure during an exclusive interview with 284Media. He said the decision is … Continued

GOVT ISSUED OVER $1.6M IN RENT CONCESSIONS TO 70 PIER PARK BUSINESSES – NO EVICTIONS OCCURRED CLAIMS PREMIER

The Government issued more than $1.6 million in rent concessions to a total of 70 tenants of the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park. Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the disclosure during a recent session of the House of Assembly, where he revealed that the aforementioned concessions were issued … Continued

SDD TO BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE GRANTS – ELECTED OFFICIALS STRIPPED

The Social Development Department will be solely responsible for the distribution of assistance grants, a change that removes elected representatives and ministries from providing such services. This decision follows Recommendation B7 from the Commission of Inquiry Report where Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom recommended a total overhaul of the BVI welfare benefits and grants system, including … Continued

PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO THE UK ON APPROACH TO REFORM THE BVI UNDER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE – SAYS PREMIER

The Government of the Virgin Islands has formally submitted a proposal to the United Kingdom Government detailing their agenda to implement the recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report under democratic governance. Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the disclosure during Wednesday’s press conference. He said the proposal was … Continued

THE BVI AIRWAYS PROJECT AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREMELY POOR GOVERNANCE – DISHONESTY AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS CONCLUDED

The Commission of Inquiry Report has concluded that the $7.2 million BVI Airways project was plagued with mass instances of poor governance and dishonesty among public officials which led to its failure. The COI Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom made the disclosure within his 946-page Report. He listed the former Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. … Continued

POWERS OF GOVERNOR AND PREMIER, AN ELECTIONS EXPENSE REGIME AND SELECTION OF SPEAKER AMONG THE PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW TEAM

While stating that a Constitutional Review is long overdue in the British Virgin Islands, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom has recommended that one be commenced as soon possible within the territory, to be completed within a one-year period. This was one of the overarching recommendations stemming from the recently published COI … Continued