Department of Trade, Investment, Promotion and Consumer Affairs
Release Date:
Monday, 25 December 2017 - 8:28pm

                                                                                                                                 HOLIDAY MESSAGE
                                                                                                                               JUNIOR MINISTER FOR
                                                                                              TRADE, INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS
                                                                                                                          HONOURABLE MARLON PENN
                                                                                                                                     DECEMBER 2017

Hello Virgin Islands, I am Marlon Penn… Jr. Minister for Trade Investment Promotions and Consumer Affairs and your Representative for the Eighth District.

Christmas is a time when we reflect; and the year 2017 was one that brought us many challenges.

Life is full of many variables beyond our control. Despite the personal experiences and challenges we all faced throughout the past year, I pray that you are able to overcome any obstacles and tragedies with renewed strength..for there is still much to be thankful for.

I wish to take this opportunity to personally express my gratitude… to the people of District 8…for uniting during this difficult time.  I am sincerely humbled and thank you for instilling your trust and support in me as your Representative in the House of Assembly.

I also take this opportunity to wish the Director and staff of the Department of Trade, and your respective families a new year filled with abundant blessings and thank you all for your support over the past year.

We will continue working to strengthen and support our entrepreneurs and the Business Sector;…as their business resumption and survival is vital to facilitating the next wave of economic development for our territory.

Today, we glance back for a moment, but I encourage us all to look forward with confidence to 2018, to a year of renewal and hope.

For we are a people defined by faith, courage, hard work and resilence and we are able to withstand difficulty, and recover quickly. 

So I urge you this holiday season to be encouraged. Be a rock of support to others in need.

Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters in need.

In the resilient spirit of a true Virgin Islander, I look forward to us forging ahead with rebuilding our Territory - stronger, smarter, greener and better.

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace… hope… and warmth… and May God’s love surround your families and this beloved Territory… this Christmas and always.

Thank you.