Preliminary indications of the meetings between Premier Andrew Fahie and United Kingdom officials suggest that negotiations went well.
These indications came from Premier Fahie in a series of updates on his visit to the UK where he and a delegation of government officials negotiated the terms of Britain’s £300 million loan guarantee offer for the BVI’s hurricane recovery efforts.
In one of his updates on social media, the Premier said he met with the UK Minister responsible for overseas territories, Lord Tariq Ahmad.
“I held highly productive and positive meetings with Lord Ahmad on the BVI-UK relationship and the loan guarantee. Our constructive engagement with the United Kingdom will continue as we work to get the best for our territory and the people of the Virgin Islands,” the Premier stated.
He also met with Brexit Minister James Duddridge in what he described as a fruitful and constructive exchange.
That meeting involved talks about Brexit and the impact it will have on the British Virgin Islands regarding trade, European Union funding and travel.
Fahie also met with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Baroness Patricia Scotland at Marlborough House in London.
The Premier was accompanied by several top government officials including the Minister for Health & Social Development Carvin Malone, Financial Secretary Glenroy Forbes, government Permanent Secretary Kedrick Malone, Special Envoy of the Premier Benito Wheatley, Director of Communications Arliene Penn, Legal Consul/Operations Manager of BVI London Office Tracy Bradshaw and Senior Political Officer Siobhan Flax.
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