Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie has stressed that the BVI needs investors. However, he said some public service workers and government policies are discouraging these investors from doing business in the territory.
He said both local and foreign investors have lost confidence in the BVI.
He believes the public service needs a complete overhaul, which should involve providing proper training to public servants.
“It is difficult to do business in this British Virgin Islands,” Fahie lamented.
“We over-regulated, we have more laws than what John read about, and we have some people to the top with some bad attitudes. We ain’t getting nowhere till we change some of those things and some of the persons,” Fahie said.
“We have to work on these things because all of this is part of recovery or else people ain’t going to want to invest here whether local or foreign,” he added.
Sister Islands have it worse
The Opposition Leader noted that things are bad on Tortola and considerably worse on the sister islands.
He noted that government services have continued to worsen since the hurricanes.
“I surprised with the way the service government is rendering especially since the hurricane, even more so than ever. With the type of service that I see, Anegada Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda ain’t ask for independence from Tortola. It is inhumane.”
He went on to make specific mention of the process of applying for a liquor license.
He said there needs to be better collaboration among the departments involved in the process.
“To get a liquor license you need Health, you need Trade, and you need Fire … No three comes the same time so you taking over a month or more to get it because you have to go from one section to the next section to the other section and that is on Tortola. God forbid if you apply for it Virgin Gorda, Anegada or Jost Van Dyke.”
Governor Augustus Jaspert recently announced that local liquor license laws will be modified this year.
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