At a time when local public confidence in the United Kingdom (UK) is seeing a considerable decline, Governor Augustus Jaspert has sought to remind residents of the major support the mother nation continues to offer in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes.
In a video more than seven minutes long and released this week, Governor Jaspert detailed the initiatives the UK has been involved in to assist with territorial recovery.
He said support from the UK came in three phases.
“The first phase — immediate military and humanitarian support. The second phase — more medium-term support to help on our critical national infrastructure and to help get the water, the lights, and the power back on, and to help those most in need. And then the third phase — setting us up and helping us for the long-term recovery,” the Governor explained.
He reminded residents the British nation deployed more than 350 military personnel and some 50 UK police officers to the territory immediately after Hurricane Irma.
He also said the UK donated roughly 107 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the BVI and an estimated $13 million in grants since the catastrophic disasters. The Governor then mentioned the £300 million loan guarantee the UK has offered the territory.
“I am pleased to be able, today, just to highlight some of that work,” Governor Jaspert said.
“Together with the UK’s support, I am confident we are going to have a fantastic Virgin Islands for the future. Together, we will get there,” he added.
The BVI’s relationship with the UK began to sour when the British parliament implemented a policy that directly jeopardises the territory’s main revenue earner — the financial services.
This led to massive local protest against the UK on May 24. The BVI government has also retained constitutional attorneys to potentially take the UK to court.
In the meantime, the Governor’s video saluting the UK for its generosity can be seen HERE.
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