During the second day of the BVI Asian Trade Mission’s stop in Beijing, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE and his delegation met with Vice Chairman Li Shihong and other senior members of the marketing and international cooperation departments of the China National Tourism Association (CNTA) to familiarise the organisation with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as a tourism destination.
Topic: Financial Services, International Affairs (including the British Virgin Islands International Finance Centre) | Posted By: aphillip
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 9:09am
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Before I begin my remarks I want to welcome you all here today. This is my fifth visit to Hong Kong. Between 2004 when I first visited and now our relationship has reached a new dimension. I would like to especially commend Russell Harrigan for bringing together the Hong Kong business community in this fashion to facilitate discussion of critical developments in the BVI of relevance to industry here. Each time I come I am reminded of the camaraderie that exists between many of you and those of us in the BVI and of the friends we have made here over the years.
The Asia Pacific Region remains a fundamental market for the British Virgin Islands as Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE concludes the first day of meetings during the BVI Asian Trade Mission.
Madam Speaker, three years ago we introduced Financial Services as a compulsory subject into the curriculum of our secondary schools in the latter part of 2012 to ensure the sustainability of our financial services industry. By doing so, we were ensuring that the interests, minds and talents of our students are developed to maintain our leadership position in the sector and our territory’s global competitiveness.