Junior Minister responsible for Trade, Marlon Penn is proposing that an ‘economic task force’ be implemented for the British Virgin Islands.
He said the task force would be responsible for managing and directing recovery and development initiatives in specific industries that drive the local economy.
One industry that needs direction from the proposed task force is tourism, Penn said.
“There needs to be a focus on that sector – a focus to ensure that the process of rebuild and reemployment in that sector happens in a managed way, a calculated way; and that someone is working with investors, someone is working with the people who are vested in that industry.”
“I’m not just talking from a government point of view but from a private sector/civil society point of view. Premier, I think we need to get that like yesterday,” the Junior Minister said.
While addressing local legislators recently, Penn envisioned that the task force would be made to provide regular updates on the progress of an industry to the House of Assembly.
“We need it now more than ever … especially in a time like this, Specifically, when you have a tourism industry that’s working at about 30 or 40 percent capacity,” Penn argued.
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