While acknowledging the number of young voters who came out to participate in the recently-concluded general election, Premier Andrew Fahie is promising to provide them with avenues for professional development.
“We will start by ensuring that a young person forms part of the composition of each government statutory board and committees,” said the Premier who was speaking at the Praise and Thanksgiving Service at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park on Wednesday.
“This will not be business as usual but business unusual — business unconventional,” he added.
Notably, while serving as Opposition Leader, Fahie had selected the Sharie De Castro as the Youth Representative on the Recovery and Development Agency more commonly referred to as the RDA. De Castro now serves as Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development and is the youngest sitting legislator on the VIP government.
During the campaign for the 2019 elections, De Castro often promised youth development and inclusion if elected.
District Councils coming
Fahie, in the meantime, is also keeping true to his campaign promise of implementing district councils across the territory.
He said the councils would provide an “organised and formal setting where the people can make direct representations to their leaders.”
“It will be a framework where representatives will be mandated to report directly to people and allow themselves to be questioned by the people. Our democracy must be deeper than asking people to come out and vote every four years.”
Premier Fahie also urged his team to “never be condescending or dismissive”.
“We must not sit on things or sit in the way of things which, if done well, will bring benefit to ordinary people.”
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