The House of Assembly has approved a motion that seeks to grant pioneer status to the local dentistry industry; thereby providing tax and Customs duty relief to service providers who import dental equipment.
The motion was moved in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 23.
“The equipment is very expensive so this is just a motion just to be able to add dental services to the list of services where we would allow for the pioneer status, which is a system that will assist with getting monies off duties for equipment when they come into the territory,” Fahie said.
He told the House of Assembly that granting pioneer status to dentistry will help to attract more persons to the industry locally.
He said the field is in “dire need” of more dental professionals.
“It (offering pioneer status) is considered necessary in the public interest to expand the list of pioneer services and pioneer enterprises … to accommodate new and emerging services and enterprises to further encourage investment and enhance the development of the Virgin Islands,” Fahie said.
“We just want to encourage more of our people to get into these niche areas … where we are few in numbers,” he added.
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