Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Public Works Anthony McMaster says he welcomes the help that the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) brings.
His remarks come on the heels of talks by at least one legislator that the RDA is beginning to act as if it is an independent government, and may be part of Britain’s plan to gain increased control of the territory.
“No I don’t feel that way,” McMaster told BVI News recently.
“The one thing I am not afraid to admit is the more hands on deck, the better it is for all of us, the easier it is for all of us. The Ministry of Communication and Works is probably the biggest ministry in government and we have quite a bit on our hands.”
RDA is an ‘implementing agency’
McMaster said with the RDA, the ministry can now focus on continuing to provide the day to day services that are required to keep the British Virgin Islands running smoothly.
“So, an agency like the RDA we welcome … from everything that I have seen and from all the discussions I have had [with them] they are basically an implementing agency similar to Public Works.”
He added: “The reality is that there is too much work for my ministry to contend with.”
The RDA was established to execute the government’s five-year recovery plan as the territory rebuilds post hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The recovery plan passed in the House of Assembly last week.
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