Minister for the Overseas Territories, David Rutley, has emphasized the imperative need for the Government of the Virgin Islands to prioritize the implementation of recommendations laid out in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report.
Rutley’s message underlines the urgency of reinvigorating the reform process, aiming for completion by May 2024.
The OTs Minister concluded a brief three-day visit to the territory on Tuesday, February 6, during which he engaged in substantive discussions with Governor His Excellency Daniel Pruce, Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley, and other key members of the BVI Government.
Premier Wheatley described the meetings as highly productive, highlighting that Minister Rutley provided valuable advice and support crucial for the effective implementation of the outstanding recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry.
The premier also underscored the significance of Rutley’s visit, noting its symbolic representation of the deepening relationship between the United Kingdom and the BVI.
He expressed gratitude for the constructive support received during the visit and asserted that his government is dedicated to optimizing planning and resource mobilization to expedite the progress of the ongoing reforms.
Regarding policies and legislation on good governance, Premier Wheatley disclosed that several related documents would be released in the coming weeks.
Dr. Wheatley also informed the public that a further detailed update on the status of the remaining reforms will be presented on Friday, February 9, 2024.