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Int’l summit with world leaders, celebs to be held in BVI

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (right) was photographed alongside humanitarian Dr Kilari Paul (second right), American boxer Evander Holyfield, attorney Gerard Farara and another visitor at the Central Administration Complex this morning.

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.

American boxer Evander Holyfield at the Central Administration Complex in Road Town today.

While also briefly addressing members of the media, Holyfield described the BVI as “a beautiful place”.

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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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  1. Kingfish says:

    PLease do not bring Donald Trump to the British Virgin Islands, we cannot keep him out of the USVI,but we can and must keep him out of the BVI.

  2. Dragon says:

    People please google Dr.K.A. Paul and see who he is.

    • Truth be told says:

      I agree with you, Dragon. Why is the government in talks with this man whose organization was [allegedly] suspended from a world-renowned evangelical council. We sleep with anyone.

    • Hmmm says:

      All I know about him is that he endorsed Donald Trump for President. Nuff said!!!!

  3. Avalon says:

    Looks like some really dodgy dealings going down. Wonder if they will build a big airport for his 747…

  4. Reply says:

    “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,”
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    Lord help us indeed. Yes, they are in love with the BVI and it’s people (sic).

    How did they go from a summit aimed at promoting peace and understanding of humankind across racial, cultural, and religious boundaries to talking about investments and cash rules?

    I have been a proponent of investment in the BVI to advance our economy, however, I have grave reservations about this evangelical preacher and his politics.

    Needless to say, his associations with Donald Trump makes matters worse. Donald Trump cares about no one else but Donald Trump, and the BVI should think twice before getting in bed with him or his cohorts..

    Yes, the BVI needs money to rebuild, but not all money is good money. IMO, this government should proceed with caution.

    On a positive note, brother Holyfield looks great despite years away from the ring. Doesn’t he? Would like to look nice, healthy and strong like him when I grow up.

  5. Dump Trump says:

    We don’t need him. Why are you prostituting our islands? All money ain’t good money

  6. BuzzBvi says:

    Accountability[edit]
    There are reports online that in 2005, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability terminated the membership of Paul’s organization, Gospel to the Unreached Millions, for allegedly failing to meet financial accountability and governance standards.

  7. Mandingo says:

    Donald will be here. Watch and see. The BVI was his playground in the past. He WILL visit again.

  8. Lodger says:

    Another in a long line of carpetbaggers who have tried to pull the wool over our niaive politicians eyes!

  9. Lost says:

    When are we going to get rid of Smith… Do we have to wait for election? What other ways can we take to get rid of him? SERIOUSLY!

    • SMH says:

      Exactly!! The people of the Territory can submit a motion to the Governor for the Dissolution of Parliament. What is it going to take? The complete sell out of our Islands? Are we that clueless and naive that the vultures can pick us clean!

  10. Joe says:

    Trump soon take back the US dollars from us .ndp is no good

  11. duck1951 says:

    FYI Evander Holyfield is being used 1 he is practically broke .Do not be fooled .

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