Press Release
7 January 2020 - 5:54pm

In another historic move, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, in consultation with the Governor and Chairman, Mr. Augustus J. U. Jaspert, has decided that the first meeting of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands for 2020 be held on the Sister Island of Jost Van Dyke this Wednesday, January 8.

According to Premier Fahie, “I have always said that my Government is unconventional and one of inclusion. Cabinet makes decisions that affect residents on the Sister Islands so it is very important that we also convene meetings there and on other Sister Islands in the future.

The Premier added, "Once again, a promise made, a promise kept and a promise delivered to ensure that Cabinet meetings are convened on our Sister Island of Jost Can Dyke. At the beginning of our term in 2019, a Cabinet meeting was held on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda on March 7, 2019, at the Village Cafe & Restaurant (Olde Yard Village).”

Chairman of the Cabinet, Governor Jaspert welcomed that the first Cabinet meeting of the year is being held on Jost Van Dyke.

He said, “All of our islands and communities are important and are what make the British Virgin Islands the special place it is. The Cabinet is the top executive decision making body of Government for the Territory and as such it has a responsibility to consider the needs of all of the communities of the BVI.  Holding Cabinet on Jost Van Dyke, and on the other sister islands, is a visible commitment to, and demonstration of, that responsibility to serve the whole of the BVI.”

The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands is comprised of the Governor, who is the Chairman; the Premier, the four Ministers and the Attorney General, as an ex officio member.  The Cabinet is responsible for the formulation of policy, including directing the implementation of such policy as it relates to every aspect of Government, except those matters for which the Governor has special responsibility under section 60 of Constitution. Decisions are made in Cabinet by collective agreement of the elected Members as Ministers. The Cabinet is collectively responsible to the House of Assembly for such policies and their implementation

The Cabinet Office provides technical, administrative and policy support to the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands, the National Security Council and the Virgin Islands Cadet Corps Council, in addition to monitoring the implementation of Cabinet decisions. 

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  • Photo -Members of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands.  

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Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740
Email:    shersmith@gov.vg

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