Local and international planning authorities are projecting that the population of the BVI will exceed 50,000 in the next 20 years.
According to Canadian firm Dillon Consulting who recently conducted a situation analysis on the BVI with the Town and Country Planning Department, the current population of the territory is about 32,000.
They are projecting that number to increase to a little more than 35,000 in the year 2020, climb to approximately 42,797 by 2030, then jump to roughly 50,487 by 2040.”
“That’s a rough, rough estimate about how much is going to be added to the population by 2040,” said Rory Baksh of Dillon Consultancy, one of the firms hired to collaborate with government on its enVision 2040 project.
“We know that population will continue to increase. Even though people have left the island and we think ‘yes, there may be some that may not come back’, on a whole, the population will continue to grow in some way shape or form. That’s because the British Virgin Islands offers a better quality of life on average than many other islands in the Caribbean and you have an attractive force … You will continue to attract people to the country that will seek out a better future for themselves,” Rory added while speaking at a public consultation on the enVision 2040 project.
Chief Planner Greg Adams has described the project as a guide to the territory’s rebuild and development throughout the next 20 years.
Town and Country Planning is leading the project with partners such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and with technical support from Environmental Systems Limited, Dillon Consulting, and Acacia Consulting and Research.
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