“You have asked us to further strengthen good governance. You want to make sure that public officials continue to work on your behalf in an ethical way. You want us to continue to put measures in place to further strengthen our capacity to detect and prevent any form of corruption by persons in public life,” Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said in an online post this afternoon, May 25, 2021.
According to the Premier, part of the reason for the bill, is for the Government to be more accountable to the people of the territory.
“That is why your Government introduced the proposed Integrity in Public Life Act, 2019 in the House of Assembly and now we continue to have public consultations on the Bill to establish an Integrity Commission to further enhance the institutions in our beloved Virgin Islands.”
The Integrity in Public Life Bill was a campaign promise of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.
Premier Fahie, ahead of the meeting, said the consultations are part of the Government’s vision to building the Virgin Islands together with the people.
Hon Fahie affirmed today that through the act and consultations the Government, along with the people, will move the country forward as “we have been doing so for decades and we will not stop now.”
Public consultations will continue tonight, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, via a Public Eye interview, a social media show on the Government of the Virgin Islands Facebook page
Consultations will continue tomorrow Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 5:30 pm at the Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda and at Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay from 7:00 pm.