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Gov’t promises ‘more amicable way forward’ regarding Port fees

Premier Andrew Fahie

Amid a continued backlash from residents regarding the fee hikes at the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), the government has announced that it is seeking further solutions on the matter.

Premier Andrew Fahie who has ministerial responsibility for the ports gave that indication in a recent statement.

“While there are some harsh realities that must be dealt with, we also recognise that the voice of the people must be heard and respected. In that vein, please be advised that plenty of consultation with many stakeholders and the Government of the Virgin Islands are ongoing behind the scenes. As a result, a more amicable way forward with the Port fees will be announced next week so stay tune,” Fahie stated.

He added: “Your government has and will always be about solutions in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands, and it will not change especially dealing with this BVIPA fees issue.”

Officials at the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) have revealed that the BVI would be in danger of losing its international shipping certification if it didn’t increase fees which will provide the money to upgrade its facilities.

In an interview with JTV, Acting General Manager for the Ports Authority, Oleanvine Maynard said the upgrades are necessary so that the BVI can pass an audit from the International Maritime Organization which is scheduled to take place in April.

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  1. Crock o says:

    Reducing fat salaries would also help provide the desperately needed funds to upgrade this circus.

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    • Inspection this month! says:

      What upgrades are going to be done? Mrs Maynard, have you done anything to prepare for the inspection?

      Like 10
    • Doh says:

      No.

      That is impossible. Government never takes a pay cut, reduction in force, or furloughs. It must be kept at full staff levels, full, salary, with ever increasing benefits to provide you, the citizen, with the competent, quality, and superior service you deserve.

      And never, ever question your government. How rude.

      Carry on

      Like 13
  2. What!!!! says:

    Just a political game , allow Ports to push up fees then Premier steps in to save us all . I for one am not fooled by VIP.

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  3. lol says:

    just here for the comments

  4. Doh says:

    Amicable definition:

    The political lube offered by your government while you are grabbing your ankles

    Carry on

  5. Lol says:

    My only thing is we in April sooooo, come again

  6. Shaft says:

    AFTER THE NUMBER THAT WAS DONE ON THE (
    3rd district REP ) which was an inside job – THIS DUDE IS REALLY SLICK beer NANCY AINT GOT NOTHING ON HIM

  7. oi says:

    Wasn’t there a consultant that advised on this? And how much did that cost?

    It a “Do it now, think about it later government” with absolutely every decision.

  8. We not Stupid says:

    Both departments are 1 government..really. How much more consultation and talking you need to be doing after you have had sooo much consultation and talking before. You are talking to highly intellectual people here SIR, we are not stupid. struuupppeess. You need to stop talking.

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