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 submitted to the United Kingdom’s Minister for Overseas Territories, the Right Honourable Amanda Milling.
“In terms of the Commission of Inquiry report recommendations, I am pleased to report on behalf of the Government of National Unity that I have submitted a proposal to UK Minister for the Overseas Territories the Rt. Hon. Amanda Milling that sets out our approach to reform and presents a framework for implementation under continued democratic governance,” Dr. Wheatley stated.
He added, “It represents our commitment to good governance and strengthening our institutions and systems of Government. We want to engender a new culture in the handling of the people’s business.”
Hopes due consideration is given
Premier Wheatley said he hopes that Minister Milling considers the proposal and incorporates them into a final decision that represents the continuation of democratic governance in the BVI.
“I hope Minister Milling and the UK Government will give due consideration to the proposal and not go down the path of direct rule. We stand ready to work as partners with the UK and in close cooperation with Governor Rankin,” he stated.
Dr. Wheatley said the details of the proposal will be forthcoming to the public in short order, with dates to be announced soon.