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Financial Secretary post up for grabs, Forbes’ return undecided

Financial Secretary Glenroy Forbes.

Government is in search of a new Financial Secretary.

The incumbent Financial Secretary Glenroy Forbes – who was appointed to the post under the previous NDP administration – said his contract will officially come to an end in the next few weeks.

“I signed a two-year contract with the government of the Virgin Islands which is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019.  As with any post in the civil service, the authorities will need to advertise for a timely replacement,” Forbes said in an interview with BVI News.

He further told our news centre that his contract could be renewed.

“Although there has been some discussion about a possible extension, I have not yet confirmed my acceptance of any such extension.  In short, the current administration and I will decide whether or not we both want an extension of the contract and for what length,” Forbes said.

The listing for the position was posted on the government’s website on February 25. The vacancy closes Tuesday, April 30.


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  1. Hmmm says:

    Why do we keep hiring Deputies that requires training, so much so that they cannot immediately become a successor?

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  2. Panta06 says:

    Or conversely, we can ask, why are the contract periods so short that 1) we don’t have time to train deputies and 2) we don’t really have time for the secretary to implement any/many reforms, etc.

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  3. Say what says:

    Why don’t we even know what their responsibilities are? Mr Premier please tell us.

    • Job Vacancy Ad says:

      Internal Position No.:
      22 of 2019
      Ministry of Finance
      Role Summary

      The successful applicant will advise the Minister of Finance on all matters pertaining to fiscal policy and the financial management of the Territory’s monetary resources.

      Main Responsibitlities

      Serve as the Government’s chief financial advisor to the Minister of Finance and ensures the effective implementation and monitoring of the Ministry’s policies.
      Develop and implement strategic plans.
      Oversee the Budgetary administration to ensure proper financial control and procedures are being followed during compilation of Operating and Capital Budgets, so that informed advice can be given on the appropriate legislative measures to affect Government’s policies as presented in the Budget.
      Advise the Minister of Finance on Public Debt to ensure it is managed efficiently and effectively in the best interest of the Government.
      Serve as the Accounting Officer for the Ministry of Finance.
      Prepare and manage the Ministry’s Annual Budget.
      Ensure that legislation under this Ministry is reviewed and upgraded periodically so that legislation is always consistent, up-to-date, and current.
      Ensure the facilitation and organisation of financial arrangements with multilateral banking instructions including local commercial banks and financial institution for the benefit of the Government.
      Act as Chief Liaison Officer between Government and the National Development Bank of the Virgin Islands to ensure that all operations, policies and legislation pertaining to the National Development Bank are formulated and operated within Government’s stated policies and priorities.
      Ensure that the Social Security Board adheres to established policies and procedures in carrying out their functions to ensure compliance with procedural guidelines so that it remains relevant and responsive to the needs of the contributors.
      Advise the Director BVI Ports Authority on the formulation of policy and implementation of policy recommendations to assist the Director in making informed decisions.
      Responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the Ministry to maintain the efficient delivery of services across the departments under the Ministry of Finance’s portfolio.
      Ensure the preparation and submission of Performance Planning and Appraisal Report for all staff.
      Identify job specific and environmental factors and develop, where applicable, implement and promote the health and safety policies. Mitigate and minimise workplace hazards.
      Perform any other duties as required by the Honourable Minister of Finance in accordance with established policies as they relate to financial administration and management.
      Minimum Qualifications

      Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
      Ten (10) years managerial experience in Public Finance or related field
      Expert knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
      Expert knowledge in management, finance, accounting, economics and planning statistics
      Expert knowledge of relevant laws, policies and regulations
      Expert knowledge of budgeting, international marketing and foreign policy
      Expert knowledge of relevant financial software packages and computer applications including electronic spreadsheet, database and graphics
      Expert analytical, negotiating, interpersonal and organisational skills
      Sound knowledge of the use of standard office equipment
      Excellent oral and written communication skills
      Ability to work well under pressure
      Excellent leadership and management skill

      • E scott says:

        All of the above required skills, experience and qualifications are waived if your a local and are friends with a political.

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  4. Concern citizen says:

    Mr. Forbes please stay to make every crooked part straight.

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  6. BuzzBvi says:

    Looks like a job for Andrew Fahie’s friend’s (Julian Willock) friend (Anand Ramlogan).

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  7. Second the Motion says:

    I second the motion

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