Territorial At-Large Representative and Junior Minister for Trade, Shereen Flax Charles has credited her party’s unconventional approach for largely subduing the COVID-19 pandemic locally.
“We were a team considered wet behind the ears, as the old people would say. The criticism was lobbied with a fiery urgency, — ‘they are young to politics’, ‘they know nothing about bureaucracy and diplomacy’,” she recalled critics saying.
The first-term legislator was at the time speaking at a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) rally in Road Town celebrating its third anniversary in office.
“It is with our freshness, zeal and entirely unconventional approach that we were able to navigate the incredible obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic. A modern plague which brought many a nation, city and industry to its knees has been all but conquered.”
Sister islands getting more services
Meanwhile, the legislator also credited her party for bringing more services to the sister islands in the territory, particularly those of the Trade Department, which she helps to oversee.
“We now have at least one representative with virtually full services available on Virgin Gorda and Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. We are beginning that once a month beginning this coming week,” Flax Charles said.
She said these services are critical for business persons and the government hopes to extend similar agencies from the treasury as well.
“There should be no need for someone to leave one of the sister islands to come and collect a cheque,” Flax-Charles added.
She contrasted this by pointing out that persons can now deposit cheques by mobile phones.
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