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SCHEDULE: Recovery plan consultations start today

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith speaking to members of the local business community after the hurricanes.

Public consultations on government’s proposed five-year recovery plan start today (January 10).

The sessions will target specific groups and professions on different days this week to give feedback.

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said not all feedback given will be used in the approved version of the plan but urged residents to attend consulations.

“We will not agree on all matters and I imagine that we will have spirited discussions on how we move ahead… What is certain, however, is that we must go through this exercise and we must look at the opportunities before us to reshape the Virgin Islands together,” Premier Smith said.


Fishermen, farmers, agriculturalists, horticulturalists, landscapers, and environmentalists are being invited to the first session, which will run from 10am to midday today in the conference room at the Department of Youth Affairs.

The government will then engage public officers at 1pm on the breezeway of the Central Administration Complex in Road Town.


The consultations will continue tomorrow (January 11) with healthcare professionals including massage therapists and health insurance agencies.

Other groups that will be engaged during separate consultations that day include educators and guidance counsellors, as well as historians, computer dealers, sports officials, librarians, and musicians.

The government will also host consultations with service, and non-profit organisations on Thursday.


Public consultations will culminate on Friday (January 12) with telecoms providers, labourers, plumbers, electricians, engineers, and architects, as well as persons in the boating industry such as dockmasters and captains.

Business owners, wholesalers, supermarkets, hoteliers, restaurateurs, marine industry workers, taxi, ferry, and livery operators, as well as travel agents, pilots, car rental agencies, and bare boaters, will be engaged later that day.

Government, in the meantime, is projecting that the cost to fund recovery over the next five years is $721.3 million.

Government plans generate that sum through a combination of grants, loans, insurance, statutory borrowings, government spending, private sector partnerships, and support from non-government organizations.

Below is a table showing the dates, times, and locations where stakeholders can give feedback on the plan:

Schedule for public consultations.


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  1. WTF says:

    So…..where are the meetings for the Sister islands? meetings should be held on everyone of them, do they mot have a say too? They should not have to go to Tortla to give their put?!!! SMDH.

    • RealPol says:

      True dat! They do matter now, not just at election time. However, sister islands meetings should only be held on Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. Residents on other islands can atrend one of the schedule meetings onneither Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke. Additionally, meetings need to be held in each district or combined districts.

    • Albion says:

      There are also no provisions with any meetings with reps from financial services industry. I guess that is just not as important as massage therapists.

      But I don’t think it matters. Government has decided what it wants to do. This consultation is just to pretend they care what anybody else thinks.

      • Errr ma says:

        Errr … financial services? Them are the government’’s in-house Club so no need.
        He wife got all them in she pocket.

  2. Brad says:

    This Clown

  3. Political Observer (PO) says:

    “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” arises from the story of Muhammad, as retold by Francis Bacon, in Essays, 1625: Mahomet cald the Hill to come to him. This quote is applicable in soliciting feedback from residents in regard to the $721M recovery plan.

    Scheduling meetings are a good start. However, it would be better if government go to the people. As such, hold meetings in districts. Government needs to genuinely demonstrate humility and effective servant leadership. Government meeting people where they are creates a different feel than people going to meet government at the Central Admin Bldg. Government meeting people, the lil man, where they are is a small investment with huge returns. The recovery plan touches the whole community so the whole community should be engaged.

  4. Laura says:

    Public meetings defined: established ways for people to come together to express their opinions, hear a public speaker or proposed plan, engage in shared learning about a topic, or work together to develop solutions.

    What happened to the rest of the BVI populace? If the meetings culminate on 12 January when will other interested persons be able to voice their opinions? Has this government gone bonkers?

  5. Jokes says:

    And most of the Facebook warriors won’t even show up to make their voices heard!

  6. FOLLY says:

    This process is a joke. The Premier done decide where he’s going with the plan and now as an after thought come now trying to passify us think that we the people are foolish.

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