An international summit with world leaders, business gurus, and celebrities is currently in the pipeline for the British Virgin Islands.
Humanitarian and President of Global Peace Initiative Dr Kilari A. Paul made the announcement at a press briefing today.
He, along with a team including former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been in the territory since Friday.
They met with Premier Dr D Orlando Smith today for a discussion centred around the international summit.
The summit will be held on Buck Island which is a luxurious, 43-acre private property located off the southeast coast of Tortola along the Sir Francis Drake’s Channel.
The summit is effectively aimed at promoting peace and understanding of humankind across racial, cultural, and religious boundaries.
Dr Paul said one of the leaders he hopes will attend is United States President, Donald Trump.
“I will be speaking to President Trump also along with his advisory team and to other people that I know with the help of the Premier and his office,” Dr Paul said.
A date when the summit will take place is yet to be announced.
In the meantime, Dr Paul said he along with American boxer, Holyfield, has already toured the territory’s largest island, Tortola since arriving.
“We even went to other islands and it is heartbreaking to see how the BVI was affected, and it’s heartbreaking to see how the world has forgotten and how much reconstruction efforts need to be taking place, and that’s the reason why we are here mainly.”
The humanitarian, however, commended the rate at which electricity and water were being restored in the territory.
“We are in love with the BVI; people have been so loving, friendly, [and] hospitable… All I can say is Lord help us, unite us, bring us together on all our efforts, especially in the investments. Cash rules, and where there is no money, it is hard to rebuild an island like this that has been damaged so badly,” he stated.
While also briefly addressing members of the media, Holyfield described the BVI as “a beautiful place”.
Meanwhile, Premier Smith said he was grateful that Holyfield and Dr Paul are visiting the BVI.
“I know that these gentlemen are very concerned about what is happening in the BVI and I know as a result of their visit, there will be more interest internationally on what can be done to assist people in the BVI.”
“We need all the assistance that we can get apart from the loans and grants from the UK and other places. We need the international community to work with us towards recovery,” the Premier added.
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