Business owners and investors will receive greater latitude to open and operate their businesses under a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government, VIP leader Andrew Fahie has suggested.
Fahie gave that indication while noting that the current government is “too involved” with local businesses.
“We firmly feel that government needs to step back and facilitate rather than dictate. Government is too involved in the business community; dictating and having a lot of red tape to get business done here,” Fahie said.
The politician said, “a lot of persons don’t want to do business in the BVI” because of this.
Pay for play
The VIP leader further suggested that government has been collecting money from business owners and entrepreneurs in exchange for privileges and favours to operate — something he described as ‘pay for play’.
“We don’t want anybody paying to play. We want to create an opportunity to let our people get on the runway and take off and we just facilitate,” Fahie said.
He was speaking at the launch of his party’s manifesto this week.