Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Friday, 22 November 2019 - 12:17pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands will engage members of the Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association through its Business Solutions Forum platform to help provide solutions on how its services and policies can be improved.

The first Solutions Forum will be held in partnership with the chamber on Tuesday, November 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maria’s by the Sea hotel.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said the forum is part of the Government’s commitment of Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability through engaging with industry stakeholders. “I want our industry stakeholders to be empowered to share their expert opinions on how Government services affecting various sectors can be improved,” the Premier said.

The Premier, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Chair and Heads of Statutory Agencies, Heads of Departments and technical officers will be present to facilitate resolution to issues.

 “We the Government will share our plans to better facilitate the needs of the business community to enable them to drive economic recovery, diversification, growth and development and we will then listen to the business sector to understand the changes they need for success. We will conclude with a plan of action on the issues raised during the forum,” the Territory’s leader added.

The Chamber of Commerce will present the issues and provide proposed solutions and share the requirements that the business sector has for the Government.

Issues on Work Force Training and Development will be discussed to see how best BVIslanders and Belongers can be prepared for work and entrepreneurial opportunities. Also on the agenda is a discussion of Immigration and Labour matters on clearing immigration and labour processes and related policies, legislation, services and other issues.

Insurance matters, the Yachting Sector, Infrastructure, Tourism, Access to the Territory, Environment and Development, and Doing business in the Virgin Islands is also down for discussion. The Chamber will be responsible for inviting private sector spokespersons and other stakeholders representing the various sectors to be discussed.


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740