Who are the BVIs for with all these work permits?
As work permits continue to be issued in the territory, Immigration and Labor Minister Vincent Wheatley has asked who will be the ultimate beneficiary of the process.
“If we are developing and developing at full speed, and all development is done through work permits, who are we really developing this country for? Minister Wheatley asked recently.
The minister added that residents should have the opportunity to participate in all levels of community development.
He then praised the government’s Labor-Education Connect initiative as a way to solve labor-related issues in the territory.
“Our ambition has always been to locate the workforce as best we can,” said Minister Wheatley.
He added that any existing skills gaps will be identified and filled.
“We live in a time when all our problems will not be solved with money”, said the minister, “some of these problems will be solved by creativity”.
He further called for original thinking, ingenuity and creativity to help solve some of the workforce issues facing the territory.
The minister conceded that the BVI would continue to face the challenges of immigration as it is an attractive place to live and work. But, the first-term lawmaker said the territory is also a land of laws and said he would not tolerate illegal immigrants.
The minister said immigration reform will continue and noted that funds are allocated to execute the process.
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