As the general public and government workers grow more eager to get public infrastructure restored, a calendar is being prepared to give timelines when all government projects will be completed.
Deputy Governor David Archer announced recently that the calendar will be released in a matter of days.
“We will be able to publish for the entire public and for the public servants exactly when thier offices will be up to passable standard.”
“This is being done internally with the competencies that we have within the public service,” Deputy Governor Archer said.
The initiative is being done to improve the public’s confidence in government.
Based on Archer’s announcement, the calendar is expected to give an accurate timeline of projects across government departments and throughout all islands of the BVI.
“What we want to do is hold ourselves accountable. We want to be able to say the Admin Complex will be finished at this date, Water and Sewerage this date, Virgin Gorda this date,” the deputy governor said while speaking on radio recently.
More than a year
It has been just more than a year since the Hurricane Irma smashed into the territory and caused extensive damage and destruction across the BVI.
The delay in getting public infrastructure restored and redeveloped has to do with the funding that will be used for these restoration projects.
The Caribbean Development Bank, for instatnce, is yet to release the $65 million it approved to lend the BVI nearly a year ago.
Other delays surrounds the approval of the Recovery and Development Plan being debated in the House of Assembly. This plan is interlinked with the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) and the $400 million loan guarantee that the United Kingdom is offering to the BVI.
Some legislators have expressed reservations about this relationship between the execution of the plan, the RDA, and the UK government.
It is widely believed that the relationship is a way for the UK to seize more control of the BVI.
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