Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee, Brodrick Penn is assuring residents that the sister islands comprising Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke will not be left out of the territory’s recovery plan.
Penn said the sister islands will be represented on the Recovery and Development Agency.
The Agency will be implemented effectively to coordinate and enforce government’s five-year recovery plan for the British Virgin Islands.
According to government, the agency will be created for ‘transparency’ and will have control over the $721 million being proposed to finance the recovery.
It is said that the Agency will be a board run by agents of the United Kingdom.
Penn, however, said a representative from the sister islands will sit on the Agency’s board.
“The sister islands are our jewels and we recognize that they are very important to this entire process… It is contemplated that the sister islands will be well represented in these sort of discussions,” said Penn during a public consultation on Tortola about the proposed recovery plan last week.
“We are moving on to the sister islands in order do a similar [consultation] but they are going to be represented at the board level on the Agency,” he added.
The first sister islands public consultation will start tomorrow on Virgin Gorda.
Below is a schedule of consultations that will take place on that island:
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