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Sister islands not forgotten; will be part of recovery agency

Brodrick Penn

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:

Public consultation schedule for Virgin Gorda

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  1. .... says:

    Why didn’t he mention that the Agency’s board was going to be controlled by the UK at the consultation meetings? I think we should forgo the loans and rebuild what we can out of what we make from the recurring budget. BTW there are people that say that we don’t do anything for the UK, but they are wrong. BVI Business Companies actually help funnel lots of investment into the UK. Moreover, when the UK asked for us to implement a Registry of Directors to assist their HMRC and law enforcement, we did and what did we get in return? Nothing. When they asked us to have a central registry of beneficial ownership for their benefit, we implemented it. What did we get in return? Nothing. What did we get after they worked our ancestors to death? Nothing. Therefore it is not as if we haven’t not given anything of value to the UK.

  2. Albion says:

    I am all for including reps from the sister islands, but let us not allow the tail to wag the dog. VG has 2,000 people. Anegada has about 300. Tortola has over 30,000 people, as well as being responsible for core infrastructure for the entire BVI.

    We need to care of people on the outer islands, but let’s not blow a whole bunch of money on a road only a couple of hundred people drive one when major transportation arteries on Tortola are verging on impassable.

    • Common sense. says:

      You must visit other small Islands and see how many tourist drive on these bad roads every day.
      Better still your rental cars. If you live and feels it… maybe you will change your way of seeing things.

      • Albion says:

        Your comment makes no sense. You say we should only fix where the tourists go, and not where the people are? So no need to fix up long bush or purcell? That’s just stupidness.

        All I am saying is that we need to make sure the funds are spent where they can do the most good, and that means targetting high usage roads not low usage roads.

    • Hmmmmmmm says:

      You sound so IGNORANT. You need to ask your government how much of their budget comes from the sister islands, Virgin Gorda in particular.

      Financial services has been on the down turn for years. Tourism and construction is what has been keeping the country afloat. Where was the bulk of construction and tourism taking place prior to Irmaria? Definitely not on Tortola! The sister islands have been shafted for years when it is their beauty and unique character is what continues to draw tourists to the BVI. While I agree most of the population lives on Tortola all of the islands should be a priority and more so those that bring money into the government coffers to continue to pay for the benefit of all.

  3. The real Boo says:

    ^^UK and the Virgin Man

  4. Eagle eye says:

    Why refer to the other islands as sister lol tradition

  5. Diaspora says:

    The sister Islands, outlying, cays…….etc whatever you want to call them have one thing in common——-they histotically and consistently got the short end of the stick. They got shafted. They were after thoughts. They were treated as second class citizens. Nothing new here. Too much stuff is being made of up as we go. We need a plan. The sister Islands, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke…….etc need to get their fair share of the recovery plan. By the way, there are other Islands other than Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda , and Jost Van Dyke, ie, Guana Island, Peter, Salt, Ginger, Great Camanoe ……etc.

  6. Wendy says:

    Because,traditionally,land is referred to in the feminine.
    Land gives birth. It nurtures and it feeds from itself.

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