Residents wanting to tap into the multimillion-dollar marine industry will soon have the training opportunity to do so, Premier Andrew Fahie has said.
Speaking at a thanksgiving service at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park on Wednesday, Premier Fahie said there will be special sittings in each of the nine electoral districts to discuss the training opportunities by next week.
“We believe it is an area of real growth potential,” the Premier said. “Our people must come first at all times.”
Funding for entrepreneurs
In the meantime, Fahie said funds will be allocated for persons who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.
“We are also determined to encourage and invest in small business development,” he said.
“We are seeking to invest a minimum of $1 million initially that will aid in the establishment of new small business and more money that will go into helping expand existing small businesses.”
Transparent policy framework coming
Premier Fahie further said plans are afoot to implement a ‘transparent and solid policy framework that will guide the development in the territory’.
He explained: “Proper development will not be guaranteed by ad hoc policies and arrangements nor attempting quick-fix legislation. It is important that we get a functioning policy unit in place with some urgency. It is an important mechanism to ensure that the renewal that the people voted for and expect shall take place.”
He said the policy unit shall embrace broad consultations in an ongoing endeavour to guarantee that the will of the people is actualised.
“To create the 1,000 jobs that we promised, we must be daring and bold,” he added.
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