Independent Territorial At-Large candidate Dancia Penn has said the limited employment options in the British Virgin Islands is driving young locals towards the preference of becoming taxi operators in the United States.
The young locals she was referring to were those who have studied abroad and are now trained to enter the workforce.
“Young qualified professionals from our diaspora are telling me they would rather drive Uber in New York, than return here. We must change this. We must open up opportunities locally,” Penn said.
Invest in digital economy to bring back youth
In a media release on Wednesday — one day ahead of advanced polling — Penn proposed to have subtantial investment made in what is known as the digital economy.
The former legislator believes such investment would attract young locals back to the BVI.
“The beauty of the digital economy is that it facilitates trade for everyone including artists and engineers,” Penn explained.
“‘We are traditionally a maritime nation. We used to trade with our neighbours. The digital space is just another sea. In the modern world, if we do not invest properly in our digital infrastructure we will miss out, and shut off opportunities commonly available elsewhere, particularly for our younger generation.”
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