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From the Chairman's Desk: Being The Proactive Voice of Business

Dear Chamber Members:

A part of our new focus at the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA), we will be keeping you informed of the BVICCHA’s work on your behalf. Firstly, I’d like to thank those who were able to attend the 4Q Members Meeting on 3 October 2019 to meet the new Board and learn about the renewed vision and agenda of the BVICCHA. I’d like to welcome the new members who have joined us. This quarterly meeting served as a kick-off to the renewed focus of the BVICCHA to be a proactive voice of business and engaging with membership on a regular basis. We are grateful to the Hon. Kye Rymer, Minister of Transportation, Works and Utilities who shared with us the plans to mitigate Road Town traffic congestion and I encourage those who were unable to attend, to follow future announcements about its implementation. Future meetings will continue to have speakers or panels that address hot topics and quarterly meetings on Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke are being planned and dates will be announced shortly. If you are interested in hosting a meeting at your business, feel free to call the office to register your interest.

A delegation from the Board of Directors paid a courtesy call to Premier Andrew A. Fahie on 7 October 2019 and the meeting set the stage for a continuous dialogue with the Premier’s Office in advocating for a business-friendly environment. The Premier shared with us his priorities around workforce development and identifying economic development initiatives for short-term and long-term results. We spoke about the value of a national development strategy and our desire to participate in the development of a strategic plan for sustainable tourism. We highlighted the value of efficient public services and discussed the importance of statistics for business planning. We outlined current concerns about maintaining our competitiveness in the charter yacht industry and the need for related legislative reform. Whilst there was much more we could have covered, the Premier assured us that we would have further discussions with the relevant stakeholders, and we will be seeking your input to inform the agenda.

I’d like to encourage each member to maximise on your membership by updating your information in the business directory so that you receive ongoing communications from the BVICCHA’s office and to also sign-up for one of our committees - Advocacy, Hospitality, Business and Membership, to ensure your voice is heard. Please encourage your business colleagues who are not members to join the Chamber as there is strength in unity and together, we become the driving force for socioeconomic development in the Virgin Islands! Visit our new website www.bviccha.org often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay abreast of the latest news from the Chamber. To share your ideas, concerns, or questions call us at (284) 494-3514 or email info@bviccha.org.
 
Sincerely,

Shaina M. Smith
Chairman (interim)
 

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