Thirty locals have now obtained employment at Petrus Plaza through Premier Andrew Fahie’s ‘1,000 jobs in 1,000 days’ initiative.
The Fish Bay-based plaza recently opened to offer car wash and petrol services to the motoring public.
“I thank the Petrus team for investing in the 1,000 jobs in 1,000 days programme. That is one less person who is off the streets, one less person who does not have to worry and one less person who would not have to turn to crime,” Premier Fahie said while delivering a brief address to mark the occasion on Tuesday.
He continued: “We promised that every single citizen who wants to be trained, who wants to be employed, even Belongers who want to contribute to the economic survival of this territory would be able to do so.”
Owner of the company, Allison Petrus, stated that he decided to buy into the idea of hiring all locals because he believed in the government’s programme.
He said: “We understand how economics work. If you want to grow an economy, the economist tells you that every dollar that is in a community circulates about seven times. The best way to have your money circulated is by hiring locals — people who are going to live here and spend their money here — because of the circulation of that dollar is how an economy thrives.”
“It is something special that we saw about this project as a whole because in the final translation it meant jobs coming to the British Virgin Islands,” added Petrus — a local businessman who also owns businesses in neighbouring United States Virgin Islands.
The ‘1,000 jobs in 1,000 days’ programme was launched in August last year, and according to government, about 77 persons have been employed through the programme to date.
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