Special Week For OCTS And EU In The BVI

Monday, 23 February 2015 - 12:15pm

Over 150 top government officials from the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) will gather in the Virgin Islands for the Annual OCTA Ministerial Conference on February 26 and the 13th Annual Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) European Union (EU) Forum on February 27.

One-On-One With Premier Smith on The Occasion Of Hosting European Union and OCTA Meetings In The BVI

Friday, 20 February 2015 - 3:15pm

Ladies and gentleman,

On the occasion of three very important European Union (EU) related meetings which will take place here in the BVI next week.

Power Move Academy Training Sessions Rescheduled

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 9:30am

The Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs is advising all participants currently enrolled in the Power Move Academy (PMAC), that the next two entrepreneurship development training sessions have been rescheduled to February 27 and April 10.

Premier Smith on Payment of Increments to Public Officers

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:30am

Madame Speaker, at this time I wish to make a statement on the payment for performance increments for public officers.

In 2014 when many countries experienced financially rigorous times, and governments began to cut their costs by downsizing public offices and jobs, the Government of the Virgin Islands committed to deploying strategies and initiatives to improve the financial and economic future of this country.

Premier Smith on Beneficial Ownership

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:15am

Madame Speaker, with your kind permission, I would like to make the following Statement:

Madame Speaker, the BVI continues to be a well-known and recognised international finance centre. This status comes with certain obligations and responsibilities including, in particular, ensuring compliance with established international standards on regulation, law enforcement and cooperation.

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Premier Smith on 13th Annual EU-OCT Ministerial Conference and Forum

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:15am

Madame Speaker over a year ago, I took up the position of chairman of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA). 

Upon taking up this position I set out in my agenda, a number of Objectives for the advancement of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) that I wished to pursue within the framework of the revised Overseas Association Decision (OAD), and across four areas of work that included political visibility, programming, partnership and participation. 

Premier Smith Attends Historic OECS Meeting In Martinique

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 5:00pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands has taken further strides to improve its regional ties as Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE attends the 60th Meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority in Fort de France, Martinique.

Statement By Premier And Minister Of Finance Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE On Release Of Beneficial Ownership Report

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 9:45am

In the last quarter of 2013, I informed you of the launch of a public consultation on beneficial ownership of companies registered here in the British Virgin Islands. I am pleased to report that this consultation is complete. This consultation was in response to a policy proposed by the Government of the United Kingdom to maintain a central registry in which information on the ultimate beneficial ownership of companies would be held. The UK Government’s desire is to see this policy adopted in the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom. 

BVI Business Highlighted At 2015 Asian Financial Forum

Monday, 2 February 2015 - 4:30pm

The British Virgin Islands continues to be a major player in the global financial environment with the establishment of BVI House Asia.

At the recently held 2015 Asian Financial Forum, BVI Business was one of the highlights where BVI House Asia was a Premium Hospitality Booth Sponsor. The two-day forum welcomed more than 2,400 people and over 100 distinguished international speakers to discuss the theme, “Asia: Sustainable Development in a World of Change.”

Remarks By Premier - 2015 Farmers’ Week - Youth And Sustainable Agriculture

Monday, 2 February 2015 - 1:30pm

Good morning:

When I first heard of this year’s theme for Farmers’ Week: ‘Youth in Agriculture a Must – Food Security and Cultural Sustainability - a Plus’,” I was quite pleased.

You see, the theme continuously reflect my Government’s position in building a sustainable agricultural sector, and the importance of our young people in doing so.

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