Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Andrew Fahie is promising to implement ‘district councils’ in local constituencies if his party is elected as the next Government of the Virgin Islands.
He said this strategy will make district representatives more accessible to their constituents. This, he believes, plays an important part in effective leadership.
Fahie said members of the public will be able to meet both district and Territorial At-Large representatives and “brief them on what is going on in the districts and what needs to be done.”
“In this way, leadership will be held accountable for what is happening in their districts. You cannot effectively lead people if you are not aware of what their needs are.”
Other plans: whistleblowing law, reduced imported labour
Fahie, who was addressing a gathering at a VIP meet-and-greet event in Road Town on Wednesday, also outlined other plans of his party if elected into office.
Fahie said, under a VIP government, whistleblower legislation would be implemented. This legislation is something that Governor Augustus Jaspert claimed the NDP government would have implemented during their now-expiring term in office.
A whistleblower is someone in the public service or otherwise who reports wrongdoing such as fraud and corruption of their superiors. If legislation is enacted, whistleblowers would be protected from victimization or job loss.
The VIP chairman is also promising increased and varied volumes of economic activity, a decreased wage-expenditure gap, new industries, additional jobs, and investment opportunities” under his administration.
Fahie, in addition, said under a VIP rule, residents would see a reduction in imported labour.
He also mentioned that there will be smart tourism developments and expansions, and overall improved quality of life.
“[The VIP] is promising] a safe and comfortable BVI, a home for us and any of our friends who wish to call this wonderful territory home. A home that preserves our culture and identity as Virgin Islanders.”
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