OECS Leaders Welcome BVI Premier At Guadeloupe Meeting

British Virgin Islands Premier Hon Andrew Fahie talks with 4th Vice President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council Diana Perran and Antigua's Prime Minister Gaston Browne on the sidelines of the OECS Authority meeting in Guadeloupe on Thursday.

FORT DE FRANCE, GUADELOUPE: (GIS/MAR 14, 2019) – New British Virgin Islands Premier Hon Andrew Fahie has been welcomed with opened arms during his first official overseas outing engagement taking up leadership of the territory following the February 25 general elections.

Hon Fahie is in Guadeloupe for a two-day meeting of the Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, at which host Guadeloupe will be formally inducted as an associate member of the sub-regional grouping.’

Fahie met with the leaders over a special breakfast meeting early Thursday hosted by island leader Ary Chalus, the President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.

The BVI leader was congratulated individually by all the leaders for the victory of the Virgin Islands Party, expressing best wishes and hopes for closer co-operation between the various islands.

Hon Fahie took the opportunity to personally thank the various leaders for their show of solidarity and the assistance of their respective governments and people, especially following the territory’s destruction by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The OECS meeting formally opens later Thursday at which Hon Fahie is scheduled to speak alongside current Chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“The BVI delegation is looking forward to the deliberations at the meeting over the next two days, as we explore areas for close collaboration among the various territories,” Hon Fahie said ahead of the meeting.’

“It is the view of my government that we have to deepen collaboration with all the nations and islands in the Caribbean because we are clear that we have shared destinies, and that by working closer together we can bring greater benefits to our respective peoples,”: he said here early Thursday, (ends/bs/hm)

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