Members of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition are hosting a number of public meetings across Tortola and Virgin Gorda to discuss many of the concerning issues they say the British Virgin Islands is facing.
Chief among these issues to be discussed is the relationship between the BVI and the UK as well as the Recovery & Development Agency.
“We are having the meetings to have an open dialogue on our issues of the loan guarantee, the RDA and we have a serious concern right now in terms of the discourse that is happening between the UK and the Virgin Islands and our relationships. We are concerned that this has some implications for relationships with the United Kingdom,” Penn stated.
He further said: “It is the first time in our history that you’ve seen this kind of discourse in the public space where the Governor’s boss is literally writing to the Premier and asking for this document to the Premier to be made public. It says that it is a breakdown in relationships and that doesn’t work well for us as we are on the heels of several very destructive measures that can hamper our financial services and economies.”
Penn who is the Eighth District Representative also said that the move to host the meetings is not about the opposition going after the government, but to simply ensure that there is transparency.
He said: “We are very concerned and we believe the public needs to get all the information. There is a lot of half information and cherry-picking that is happening with the dialogues and we need to be able to put everything on the table so persons can be able to make informed decisions on these matters as they come up.”
First meeting a success
The Opposition leader also revealed that last evening’s meeting which was the first of five to be held was a success.
“It was a very good meeting. We had good participation on Facebook Live as well as persons who were there. They were engaged, they gave their opinions and expressed their satisfaction in terms of us giving them information and they weren’t aware of a lot of the things we spoke about,” Penn stated.
Dates of meetings
The other meetings will be held on September 11 at Althea Scatliffe Primary School in Road Town, September 12 at the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyer’s Estate, September 17 at the Cane Garden Bay Community Centre, and September 18 at the Catholic Community Centre in The Valley, Virgin Gorda.
All meetings will commence at 7 pm.
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