Independent Territorial At-Large candidate for the February 25 general elections Dancia Penn is pledging to break the political cycle of “lip service” and, instead, offer meaningful assistance to local small businesses, which she says are the engine of any economy.
“Support, I believe, for small businesses should include things such as incubator spaces to give startups things like affordable storefront or base operations, concessions to businesses in their first three to five years, enhanced access to finance and education, as well as training in areas like marketing,” Penn said at the launch of her campaign in East End on Saturday.
She said these support measures can only be achieved through the implementation of real policies and laws.
“It is time that elected officials stop making vain promises to our young persons in particular and to members of the community as a whole,” the former legislator and attorney general said.
In light of the pressure on the territory’s financial services industry, Penn said fresh ideas are again needed to distinguish the BVI from other financial services jurisdictions.
And in addition to her plans for strengthening infrastructures such as roads, the territory’s sewerage network, and telecommunications, Penn is also proposing ‘solutions’ for food security and for sectors such as education, tourism, energy, and the environment.
She also decried the high cost of living and promises to push for the much-talked-about consumer protection legislation for the BVI.
Penn, in the meantime, said she has no interest in making promises for her first 100 days if she is elected into office. She said the next government can only decide what first to do after assessing the true state of the territory’s finances.
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