The British Virgin Islands joined the rest of the region on Thursday to discuss how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic now and in the future.
A media release from the Office of the Premier on Thursday, September 10 said several topics such as the current debt challenges being faced and post COVID-19 resilience were discussed at the event.
“As the Head of the Government of the Virgin Islands elected by the people of the Virgin Islands, I am pleased to be a part of the meeting where regional government officials will collectively discuss challenges, opportunities and consider solutions for moving forward,” Premier Andrew Fahie stated.
“The meeting is an important opportunity for us as a region to discuss the economic, fiscal, social and health challenges the Caribbean is facing as a result of COVID-19,” he added.
More about the meeting
The meeting represented the sixth conference of the Caribbean Development Roundtable discussions and the 28th session of the Caribbean Development & Cooperation Committee (CDCC) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
The meeting, which was organised by ECLAC, brought together regional leaders to “discuss areas including financing for development in the era of COVID -19 and beyond; short-term solutions to the liquidity and debt challenges currently facing the Caribbean; post COVID-19 resilience building and economic restructuring: policy planning, financing and the role of the private sector, among other areas”.
Notably, the CDCC’s aim is to promote and strengthen economic, social cooperation and integration among the countries of the Caribbean and with Latin America.
The BVI is the Vice-Chair of that entity, and serves as ECLAC’s permanent subsidiary body for the Caribbean.
The Financial Secretary, Glenroy Forbes; Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Eliva Smith-Maduro; Director of International Affairs Secretariat, Najan Christopher; and Special Envoy of the Premier, Benito Wheatley were also part of the meeting.
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