Government is spending more than $6 million on an Immigration management system to improve border security in the British Virgin Islands.
Making the announcement in the House of Assembly recently, Minister of Labour & Immigration Vincent Wheatley said the move is a testament that the Fahie administration is serious about advancing the territory.
“For as long as I can recall, there have been complaints and heavy criticism levied against Labour and Immigration departments,” Wheatley said. “That is why Cabinet recently approved the sum of $6.4 million for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art Immigration border management system.”
This comes several months after Governor Augustus Jaspert announced that travellers arriving and departing the BVI will be subject to heightened security measures to include the implementation of an Advance Passenger Information (API) System.
Meanwhile, Wheatley said he intends to give support to the departments of Labour and Immigration by introducing policies and legislation to help reform and improve them.
Labour, Immigration amalgamation
He further said the much-talked-about online amalgamation of the Labour and Immigration departments has already started.
“It’s currently undergoing testing. We are using a test group of 32 different businesses – which will soon be open to the wider public,” the minister said.
The undertaking is scheduled to be ready for the broader public by July, he stated.
“It is only the beginning. Later on this month, we will be launching a few more initiatives within that department starting with a name change,” he added.
According to Wheatley, the Labour Department will take on a new focus and function as the Department of Labour and Workforce Development.
“This government is not a government of words but action as well,” he said.
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