His Excellency, the Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, chaired the Meeting held on 11th January 2023. The Meeting was held at the Premier's Conference Room, Cutlass Tower.
All Members were present.
Topic: International Affairs (including the British Virgin Islands International Finance Centre) | Posted By: lstevens
Tuesday, 14 February 2023 - 11:44am
Following a meeting of theCouncil of the European Union on 14 February 2023, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been added to the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions (Annex I). In a statement, the EU Council found that the BVI was not sufficiently in compliance with the OECD standard on exchange of information on request (criterion 1.2). It also noted that this is the first time the BVI has been included in the list.
Today I am pleased to share with you my second Quarterly Review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report. This is a key mechanism for monitoring progress. As of the end of December, fifteen of forty-eight recommendations had been completed. In January, we saw further progress, including the receipt of various reviews and audits.
Topic: Good Governance, Public Service Transformation | Posted By: kfrett
Friday, 10 February 2023 - 5:20pm
Madam Speaker, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has demonstrated its continued commitment to complying with evolving international standards on transparency and the fight against financial crime, with a set of new legislative changes that came into force on 1st January 2023.
Madam Speaker, I present this statement to the people of the Virgin Islands on the Police Act 2023, which has been subject to much scrutiny since its first reading in the House of Assembly a week ago. For the benefit of the public, I will give a brief timeline of the progression of the Bill to this stage.
Madam Speaker, in recent weeks there has been an upsurge of extreme misconduct at some of our secondary schools. In fact, Madam Speaker, I can regrettably confirm that some of our students are threatening the lives of their peers, teachers, administrators, and security officers and are threatening to destroy school property. Additionally, Madam Speaker, our schools have found students in possession of marijuana and marijuana products as well as e-cigarettes and alcohol. Brass knuckles with knives attached are being confiscated from students far too frequently. Schools have also reported a significant issue with students bringing oversized splat-ball or pellet guns and using them to shoot at others after school.