PREMIER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE HONOURABLE ANDREW A. FAHIE
16TH APRIL, 2021
GET READY TO MOVE: OUR ECONOMY IS GOING INTO OVERDRIVE
Good day and GOD's BLESSINGS to all the people of the Virgin Islands.
As we reflect on where we are today as a country and as a people, we must say that over the last 13 months we have indeed come a long way, navigating our way through the unseen and unknown realities of the global pandemic, and we are still here standing strong together.
Our corals provide vital ecosystem services in the form of food, shoreline protection against wave action, which would erode our beaches and shores and are main attractions to residents and tourists alike.
Mr. Speaker, on 10th July, 2020, I announced that all renewal work permit applications submitted to the Department of Labour and Workforce Development are to be accompanied by Certificates of Good Standing from the Social Security Board, National Health Insurance and the Inland Revenue Department on behalf of the businesses, as well as Certificates of Earnings on behalf of the employees from the aforementioned agencies, since no applications would be accepted without these documents.
Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to share with this Honourable House and the people of the Virgin Islands an update on the Joe’s Hill Housing Development being carried out by the Social Security Board.
Government continues to significantly invest in the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR), which will become a major revenue earner for the Virgin Islands. The VISR is poised to become a leading Maritime Authority in the Global economy.