TIMES.VG

BVI, Caribbeanand International News
TIMES.VG

Premier hosts 20th anniversary reception @ BVI House London

Premier hosts 20th anniversary reception @ BVI House London

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley, hosted a large gathering of dignitaries at a reception to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the BVI London Office.

While speaking at the event, Premier Wheatley stated that the BVI London Office is the outward extension of self-government in the Territory which began in 1950 and continues to develop today. He recalled the vision of the late former Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE when his administration successfully acquired BVI House and established the BVI London Office in 2004.

Premier Wheatley stated, “He and his Government understood that the continued political and economic development of the Virgin Islands, and our emergence as an international finance centre and tourist destination, required the Government to have a permanent political presence in the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) going forward.” The Premier said that the permanent political presence also provides access to other international partners via the Diplomatic Corps in London, Brussels, and the Commonwealth.

Going forward, Premier Wheatley said, “The BVI London Office will be more engaged with the CARICOM Caucus of High Commissioners and also our African partners represented in the Diplomatic Corps.”

Meanwhile, Acting Director of the BVI London Office, Ms. Tracy Bradshaw, stated that over the past 20 years, the BVI London Office has played an invaluable role to the Government and people of the Virgin Islands as the Territory continues to advance internationally, politically, and economically.

While speaking at the event, Premier Wheatley stated that the BVI London Office is the outward extension of self-government in the Territory which began in 1950 and continues to develop today. He recalled the vision of the late former Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE when his administration successfully acquired BVI House and established the BVI London Office in 2004.

Ms. Bradshaw acknowledged her predecessors and colleagues for their leadership over the years and expressed gratitude to the many friends, supporters, advisors and partners who have helped the Office to fulfill its mission and realise its vision.

“On this auspicious occasion, we turn eagerly to the years that lie ahead and rededicate ourselves as servants of the people of the Territory to support them in their aspirations,” Ms. Bradshaw said. She added, “We look forward to many more progressive and successful years with strong relationships advancing the Territory’s various interests even further.”

Director of the Overseas Territory Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Mr. Paul Candler, in his congratulatory remarks, noted that the London Office provides vital services for the people of the BVI, from supporting students or residents living in the UK, to promoting BVI’s financial services, to advocating for the people of the BVI across the UK Government in London.

Mr. Candler said that working for the best interests to the people of the Overseas Territories is the most important job that they do in the Overseas Territories Directorate.

Premier Wheatley and his delegation are in London as part of his Administration’s deepening engagement with partners in the United Kingdom including the UK Government, UK Parliament, local council government, universities, firms and businesses.
Newsletter

Related Articles

TIMES.VG
Close
0:00
0:00
Today's news from Britain - 9th February 2023
The five largest oil companies in the West generated combined profits of nearly $200 billion in 2022, which has led to increased calls for governments to impose tougher windfall taxes
2 earthquakes in Turkey killed over 2,300 people
Powerful Earthquake Strikes Turkey and Syria, Killing More Than 1,300 People.
Turkish photographer Ugur Gallenkus portrays two different worlds within a single image. Brilliant work
Tennessee Bill Would Imprison People for 3 Years If They 'Lie' About Rape to Get an Abortion.
Charlie Munger, calls for a ban on cryptocurrencies in the US, following China's lead
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
If a country is denied the right to independence by another, it is not in a union. It is in a dictatorship.
×