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:
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