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False! UK didn’t change funding agreement for RDA

Governor Augustus Jaspert

Governor Augustus Jaspert’s Office has said there is no truth to the claim that the United Kingdom disagrees with the BVI’s revised Recovery & Development Plan or that it will be pulling funding from the Recovery Development Agency (RDA) as a result.

During the January 5 sitting of the House of Assembly, Premier Andrew Fahie said the UK government will be pulling its contributions by the end of the first quarter of 2021 because they don’t agree with his government’s revised version of the previous NDP administration’s Recovery & Development Plan. 

Shortly after BVI News broke the story, a spokesperson from the Governor’s Office responded with a statement saying UK funding will stop at the end of March 2021 only because this was the initial agreement made between both governments back in 2018.

“The RDA was established by the BVI government in legislation in April 2018 to deliver the BVI government’s recovery and development plan. At the time of its formation, the UK government agreed to co-fund operational and project costs up until March 2021, thereby empowering the territory to own and deliver its long-term recovery. From March 2021 onwards, the BVI government would become the sole funder of the RDA,” the statement said.

The statement also said this timeline was made official in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and BVI Government in October 2018.

Our news centre was told that the full MoU could not be shown as it is a legal document between both governments. But the Governor’s Office assured that everything in the MoU was done according to plan.

“It has not changed since and the UK has met in full the contents of that agreement. As of January 2021, the UK government has invested $4.8 million into the running of the RDA. This is in addition to around $20 million of UK funds which have helped restore power and water and repair houses across the territory from late 2017 onwards. The UK continues to provide financial and technical support on other recovery projects to this day,” the statement from the Governor’s office said.

The spokesperson also said the UK never rejected the Fahie administration’s revised Recovery & Development Plan.  

“It is factually incorrect to state that the UK has changed its funding approach. The UK has always stated that it’s for the BVI government to set the plans for their recovery and has fully supported the people’s recovery under both the previous and current administration,” the statement said.

The RDA is the body which was set up after the 2017 disasters to manage funds for the rebuilding process.

To date, the local government is the biggest contributor having made some $10 million as of October 2020. The UK and other philanthropists account for roughly 30 percent of all contributions.

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  1. Same thing! says:

    Look at this now! If we cannot see now once and for all that our Premier is a complete stranger to the truth then we will never see it again. The man seems to have a problem. He tells these huge fables and then calls a prayer service every week. This is a dangerous game that he is playing. I knew he wasn’t being truthful when he opened his mouth on this issue.

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    • HRMPH says:

      Who let the Governor out of quarantine? I hope that all local government workers, officials and everybody else in the BVI are refusing to meet with him until 14 days after his arrival back in the UK (from his trip to London for interviews and discussions concerning his next job).
      How much longer is Jonah with us? My understanding is that the UK Government have told me that he is being recalled to London early, and that he has to leave the Territory before the end of January. Why doesn’t he just leave now!

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      • @HRMPH says:

        You need to tell us why the man from Delta does not quarantine at all. Tell us why that is so. Because he is the head of the board?

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      • Pandora's Box says:

        Well if you are speaking to the UK Government, and you’re so powerful, opinionated, and well connected you should be telling us facts, not blogging one-sided, self centered bull$hit!

        Even in quarantine people can work, make phone calls, announcements, make statements, video conference, a lot of things can be done and worked on while in quarantine!

        Just something for you to think about as you sip your Kool-Aid! 😉

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      • sigh says:

        Seriously, in this day and age of covid with remote working procedures, this is the question you asked?

        And what 14 days? The period is 4 days for so long as you continue to test negative.

        Further, it stated the statement was given through a spokesperson from his office….

        If you are going to make a comment, make it a valid one, not pure ignorance.

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      • @HRMPH says:

        Don’t try to deflect here. Forget the Governor. Is we premier we are talking about here!! Why can’t he speak the truth?

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    • BVIlander says:

      I agree that the Premier has a problem with the constant l**ng. But his l**s are always based on something. This one seems to be his interest in derailing the RDA so that he can hire more of his cronies directly without having to be bothered with bidding and value for money. Once the RDA is closed in March it will be free access to the country’s money to l*** their poc***s before the VIP govt gets voted out.

    • Hmp says:

      You all are gullible and stupid, some willful. of all the things they said in the house that is what the news focused on, and you don’t know the document nor the talk between them.

      You are going off hear say. The TRUTH is you all don’t know the document or the talks or what those talks implied. Period.

      If anything this news site should be embarrassed that the governor has to put out a statement about this site’s misinformation.

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      • I agree... says:

        If it wasn’t done, a call should have been made to get the Governor’s side before printing the original article.

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  2. False news says:

    Is being spread by the VIP Government to distract the people. Same strategy as TRUMP is using in the USA. be aware of your politicians and their tricks

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    • Kitchen Table Group Panel says:

      Yes, it has been brought to our attention from a reliable source that said Premier is spreading l*** and trying to distract the people of the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  3. Concerned BVIslander says:

    WORSE than Trump!

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  4. Lb says:

    See deh same ish! Ask again why we don’t trust our elected officials.

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  5. OMG says:

    This is bringing to look a lot like USA. Lies Lies Lies to make them look good. We can see through the smoke screen,

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  6. Earl says:

    Same old lies and hatred for the UK spewing from the mouths of VIP.

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  7. Styles. says:

    Hi Andy Foooij

    You are l**ng, once again.

    Have you not learned by now that the truth will catch up with you? You can cry racism once again but the governor is much more reliable than you.

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  8. MK says:

    Governor Augustus Jaspert thank you for letting the people of the BVI know what really went down.

    Andrew Fahie you need to stop telling l**s and to try and turn people against the UK so you can push for independence most of the people can see what you are doing, You remind me of TRUMP.
    I hope when the Governor goes back to the UK he recommends to the UK taking over the running of the BVI until your time is up we can’t go through your full-term like this, You need to shape up or get out.

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  9. vip heckler says:

    andrew trump again

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  10. Rubber Duck says:

    You can tell when Premier Fatie is l**ng.

    His lips move.

    His rampant r***sm and anti UK attitude is damaging the country.

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    • @Rubber Duck says:

      And he seems to think that the people of the BVI IS STUPID. WE KNOW WHAT’S GOOD. THE WOODEN PUPPET NOSE GREW LONGER EACH TIME HE TOLD A LIE, THIS ONE PACK ON A EXTRA P…

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  11. WOW says:

    So our Premier told a BOLD FACE LIE? Just like that?????? And we must go Independent?

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    • Another side says:

      The Premiere is probably listening blindly to the wrong people and not fact checking what they bring to him. It’s the same way the Board members came off the street with a list of names….. People complain and they react —never seeking the other side of the story!

      Unfortunately, it makes the Premier look bad as he is the face of the statement.

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  12. Rizzo says:

    If the “Premier” genuinely cared for the people of the Virgin Islands, he would quit with the childish beef with the Governor and by extension, the U.K. Something is not right.

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  13. King liar says:

    Nothing happens before it’s time. The constant untruths is something that Andrew has been practicing for years. Those who know know. Now those who didn’t know will know now.

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  14. SAME OLD SCRIPT says:

    Premier: you are following exactly the same script that got the VIP defeated the last time. You spew your h****risy about accountability and transparency then do the opposite. The public service is used to fatten the pockets of your f****ds and those who oppose your g***d are victimized. Public officers are angry and fearful: the world class public service is a laughing matter. You have people with no knowledge of the subject littered on various boards who sit there and shine their shoes and paint their fingernails. The country is run by your f****ds not your cabinet. People can see through the charade. The VIP will not be getting my vote next election for sure. And quit the independence smokescreen- the UK is going nowhere

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  15. Told you all says:

    THE PREMIER STOOD UP THERE AND TOLD A BIG FAT L**. THANK YOU GOVERNOR FOR CONFIRMATION THE L** THAT THE BVI DONALD TRUMP WAS TRYING TO I***TE AND TURN THE PEOPLE AGAINST YOU AND THE UK. A L**R IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A KILLER. NEXT ELECTION, THE PEOPLE IS GOING TO SEND THE PREMIER A VERY STRONG MESSAGE. MR. L**R, L**R PANTS ON BLAZE. I CAN’T STAND A L**R. BIBLE IN ONE HAND AND DEVIL ? HORNS IN THE NEXT.

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  16. OnLooker says:

    That’s “your government working for you”. They depend heavily on the people being ignorant and soaking everything they say like a sponge. Come election they will be re-elected, why 1) no proper alternatives 2) once they give you money or favours all is forgotten. This place has no hope for true progress in the name of Country.

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  17. Soo ashamed says:

    It is soo embarrassing that this is our leader. A complete poppy show. This has to be a bad dream with this government.

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  18. Mr Shovels says:

    With that said you can fully expect the VIP supporters to fire up the propaganda machine against the governor just wait

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    • @MR. SHOVELS says:

      They can do whatever they like, WE THE PEOPLE ALREADY SCOPED OUT THE LITTLE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF FROM CARROT BAY. NO ONE TRUST OR BELIEVE WHAT A L**R HAS TO SAY. L**R, L**R, MOUTH AND PANTS ON BLAZE.

  19. PLEASE HELP says:

    Can we impeach Foy before he destroys the country ?

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    • I MEAN says:

      THE PEOPLE CAN LOOK INTO WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE AS INTO IMPEACHMENT BEFORE NEXT ELECTION. HE IS UNFIT TO RUN THE COUNTRY. IF THE PEOPLE DON’T MAKE THIS MOVE, THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO FALL AND WHO IS GOING TO SUFFER? THE PEOPLE, YOUR CHILDREN AND THE YOUTHS. THE PREMIER NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ASAP. WE THE PEOPLE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO HAVE AN I***T, I********NT, L**R BUSHMAN AS OUR LEADER.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Why do i suspect thatthere is a concerted effort between mainland UK and the representative to make the current gvernment and its leader look bad?

    This looking like a well calculated plan being executed from the executive on behalf of…..

    Meanwhile, all the bloggers so far have swallowed the divisive, hate your own, love yoour master medicine.

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    • @anonymous says:

      The VIP government is doing a fine job of looking bad all by themselves. If the Premier is telling his usual untruths and the governor corrects it, how is that making the government look bad? They need to stop l**ng. That’s what they need to do.

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    • Rizzo says:

      No one has to try and divide us. The hate fuelled speeches and misinformation that is being spewed from our Government is what has created division.

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    • Trevor says:

      You suspect because you are a racist.
      Your premier l**d outright, its no mystery.

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  21. SO DAMN DISGUSTING says:

    KING L**R HAS STRUCK AGAIN. THANK YOU GOVERNOR FOR CONFIRMATION ON THE L**S THAT KING L**R AKA BVI DONALD FRUMP IS SPREADING. MAY AS WELL SPRAY TAN KING L**R ORANGE AND SEW A PIECE OF SHAG RUG ON THE TOP OF HIS DOME. LMAO, ALL IS MISSING IS THE SONG YMCA AND THE KNEE DUCK PADDLE.

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  22. No Suprise says:

    The premier of this country is a l**r and he can’t help it. He is constantly l**ng and mis****ing the people of this country. He has a sweet mouth and tells the people what they want to hear. Then we speaking about independence. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!! For this party to lead this country to H**L!!! No way.

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  23. Andy boy says:

    This was the sweetest joke I got all morning.

    So Premier, do you really still think its just one or two bloggers of a machine?

    Because this looks like a whole bunch of people to me and ones who can vote!

    You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!

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  24. Soap Opera ... says:

    Now you know that Andrew going to have his y****w site print more propaganda to attempt to reduce his embarrassment…. LOL!!

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    • @Soap Opera... says:

      HE CAN HAVE THE YELLOW AND BLACK BUMBLE BEE WEBSITE HOUSE PETS PRINT ALL THE PROPAGANDA THEY WANT, FOY CARDS HAVE BEEN PEEPED. WE THE PEOPLE IS NOT GOING TO CAVE INTO AND BELIEVE THE LIES. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT FOY IS KING L**R JUST LIKE HIS IDOL DONALD TRUMP. THE PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU NEXT ELECTION, YOU WILL BE TRUMPED TO THE CURB. THE PEOPLE DON’T WANT A L**R REPRESENTING THE COUNTRY. #KINGLIAR.

  25. You know says:

    You know what amazes me is to see in this 21st
    Century that black folks are looking up to a white man for leadership!i am sure the premier has more explanation to give. The bvi news .com is a machine that make sure their headlines are sensational and the contents of their articles swayed the readers to believe one side over the other. Since the vip government came to office bvi news. Com set out on a mission to devide the people of the bvi. I am expatriate living here and i can see what they are doing and black people are so easy to influence especially when its something from the white side. I am sad watching from the outside that a news article can cause so much hatred towards a government that i considered to be the only government in many yrs to put its people first. I even asked myself if is really blacks commenting or is the white man friends. Why in this day and age that a black Caribbean island need a white governor???Are you people not better than this??Many Caribbean islands that get independence are getting far more financial and other aids from Britain than what the bvi gets. Britain is a burden to to the bvi. The little help that Britain give can’t hardly pay a year of salary for public servants. So what is the purpose of having british rule??

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    • the man l**d says:

      the man l**d. There was proof that he l**d. All the gov said was that the premier words were factually untrue, and he brought receipts.

      The premier painted the end of the contratual period as the UK pulling out because they dont like us… thats manipulative. And white or black, that sort of behavior from an elected offical should scare you senseless.

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    • Simpleton says:

      Do shut up!

      To reduce the blatant disrespect explicit in this matter of denying the unvarnished fact based recounting of the same situation to the people by the premier was the act of a simple mind.

      Why would the premier say that the UK has decided that they will not contribute further to the RDA because the VIP government changed the way they are distributing the funds, when all he had to say was that the contractual agreements would be ended by March 2021 per prior arrangement?

      What was the purpose of that? That is our problem you nitwit, the insult to our intelligence. It cannot be reduce to an issue of race and why black people support the white man….give the people the right information!

      Why is that so hard?!

      And if you want to blog nonsense go over to the y****w bug site.

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    • BuzzBvi says:

      Then bring on he vote and get independence. Why not? Then see where the money go. Remove the burden of Britain. Gain the burden of our own. I hope others will enlighten you of what being a territory of the UK brings you. It brings more here than it does for Scotland right now.

  26. Black and blue says:

    Hit like if you think Jaspert lie
    Hit dislike if you think Fahie lie

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  27. I want written proof. says:

    The Premier came on and made his pronouncement and we jumping down his throat. Th Governor did the same and he is being applauded. Both did not produced any written documents but here we go
    Condemning. Let’s get the facts in black and white and then cast judgement. Someone is lying.

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  28. tdfodks says:

    thank you

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  29. Shell Fish says:

    HA, HA, HAAAA. BVI DONALD TRUMP WAS CALLED OUT FOR LYING. IT IS TIME FOR THE BVI DONALD TRUMP TO BE IMPEACHED. THE BVI DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO CAUSE HIS CABINET MEMBERS TO LOSE VOTES AND KICKED TO THE CURB. #BVIDONALDTRUMPAKAANDREWTRUMP.

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  30. LMAO says:

    “It is factually incorrect to state that the UK has changed its funding approach. The UK has always stated that it’s for the BVI government to set the plans for their recovery and has fully supported the people’s recovery under both the previous and current administration,” the statement said.

    They just called our Premier a BIG L**R?? Shameful!

  31. Wait for it says:

    Before the day is done the other site will have breaking news claiming that bvinews is a VIP hating tabloid and stand behind Hon premier and that the UK and Governor racist. They will also say black locals turning their back on the premier to support the racist white imperialist governor and we are all stupid blah blah. Then honestly speaking next show will say the same thing and it all goes on. Next election cannot come soon enough because this is one time I would vote for Eileen Baronville and Edmund Maduro over these crazy people in office now.

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  32. USA BABY says:

    DONALD J TRUMP HAS BEEN IMPEACHED. HIP, HIP TO THE HORAYYYYY.

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  33. Teacher Percy Say..... says:

    If you tell a lie, you going to h**l as soon as you die…..

  34. Hmm says:

    Once again Andrew Fahie and his l** and wickedness
    Andrew is very c****pt

  35. Joshua says:

    What is most interesting is that the complete cabinet knows that the little place is going in the wrong direction and not one of them is adult enough to stop the slide. Some of them will definitely not be reelected because of their leader and they are prepared to go down even though they are aware that the leader seat is sure.

    This leader is the most unpopular leader ever. When the people voted they voted for the leader. Cant the cabinet not see next election the people will vote against the leader. But who is there to challenge or replace not one of them. So sad that not one member of the whole lot is capable of replacing him so they blindly follow. Compare the other OT’s see what is happening there and what is happening here. If he can not be replaced then all that is left to do is to remove and the whole darn lot of sheep followers.

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