BVI News

Category: Commission of Inquiry

Airport Authority head chided for incomplete COI submissions

Airport Authority head chided for incomplete COI submissions

Managing Director of the BVI Airport Authority (BVIAA), Clive Smith, was issued a stern rebuke on Monday after failing to properly fill out and submit requested documents for the Commission of Inquiry (COI). COI attorney, Bilal Rawat, told Smith there […]

by / on July 21, 2021 at 7:59 AM /
COI commissioner: I have made no findings!

COI commissioner: I have made no findings!

Various media articles and statements describing the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) as already having a pre-determined conclusion has prompted a response from its Commissioner, Sir Gary Hickinbottom. For months, Premier Andrew Fahie has given indications in the House of […]

by / on July 16, 2021 at 7:28 AM /
Fraser denies conflict of interest in brothers’ role in SCB project

Fraser denies conflict of interest in brothers’ role in SCB project

Third District Representative Julian Fraser has completely denied claims of any conflict of interest regarding his brothers’ involvement in a project in his Sea Cows Bay constituency while he was a serving government minister. Fraser, the then Minister of Communication […]

by / on July 15, 2021 at 8:49 AM /
4-year gap to form Audit Advisory Committee raises questions

4-year gap to form Audit Advisory Committee raises questions

No plausible explanation has been produced for a mysterious four-year gap in the formation of an Internal Audit Advisory Committee (IAAC) in the territory. The government’s Internal Auditor had raised the issue of an absent IAAC when she appeared before […]

by / on July 15, 2021 at 7:50 AM /
BVI Airways partners were decent people — Former FS Neil Smith

BVI Airways partners were decent people — Former FS Neil Smith

Former Financial Secretary (FS) Neil Smith said he was convinced the BVI’s investment partners in the planned BVI Airways initiative were decent people. This conviction likely helped to pave the way for his nod of approval to former Premier Dr […]

by / on July 15, 2021 at 6:55 AM /
Gov’t was over-ambitious in stimulus distribution — FS

Gov’t was over-ambitious in stimulus distribution — FS

Financial Secretary, Jeremiah Frett has characterised as madness, the situation within the government when it sought to distribute COVID-19 stimulus packages during a territory-wide lockdown last year. Speaking at a hearing before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Tuesday, Frett […]

by / on July 14, 2021 at 9:38 AM /
No disconnect between govt’s Belonger policy and the law — Dr Smith

No disconnect between govt’s Belonger policy and the law — Dr Smith

Despite a 2012 internal audit suggesting otherwise, former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said he believes there is no disconnect between the government’s policy regarding Belongership and what the actual law says. According to the Immigration & Passport Ordinance, a […]

by / on July 12, 2021 at 12:29 PM /
EDITORIAL: COI’s belated attempts to admit its attorneys to BVI bar undermines the Inquiry?

EDITORIAL: COI’s belated attempts to admit its attorneys to BVI bar undermines the Inquiry?

After months of conducting proceedings in the territory, attorneys appointed to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) are today seeking to be ‘admitted into the BVI bar’. But this retroactive move might very well undermine the spirit of the COI […]

by / on July 12, 2021 at 11:01 AM /
Vanterpool explains hiring CSC and selecting cruise pier developer

Vanterpool explains hiring CSC and selecting cruise pier developer

While denying he commandeered the Cruise Pier Project, former Works Minister under the previous NDP government, Mark Vanterpool conceded that the procurement process to select a developer could have been different. A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report done in February […]

by / on July 5, 2021 at 9:28 AM /
Complaints Commissioner raises impartiality concerns about COI

Complaints Commissioner raises impartiality concerns about COI

Complaints Commissioner, Erica Smith-Penn levelled a startling claim of impropriety against Sir Gary Hickinbottom during yesterday’s hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (COI). During the hearing, Smith-Penn told Sir Gary, the sole Commissioner of the Inquiry, she was concerned about […]

by / on July 2, 2021 at 9:01 AM /