2013 Festival Report delay Continues


Festival 2014 has come and gone, and the 2013 report that was promised to be delivered before the end of this year’s festivities is still nowhere in sight and from all indications even Leader of Government Business, and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith had no sight of the long overdue document.
The question about the promised report was put the BVI Leader at a press conference last week, and he declared that even his eyes have not beheld the elusive report. Still the Premier, promised that the report will become public soon: “It will be laid on the table (of the House of Assembly), of course. I have not seen it as yet, but it will be laid on the table once it is received by the Cabinet,” Hon. Smith said.
Earlier this year, Chair of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr. Marvin Blyden confirmed that the 2013 Festival report has fallen behind the submission date, but promised that the document would have been delivered before the end of the 2014 festival.
Last year, Mr. Blyden promised to deliver the document months after the festivities ended, but this goal was not met. In fact, at a press conference in April, Mr. Blyden disclosed that the Committee was still working on the document, but did not divulge what the holdup was.
The Committee Chair told reporters: “You have to understand what happened last year, as you know when you take over from someone you just can’t rush into the bank and get documents. That is part of our set back, because we went from one person’s name on the account to another.” He also assured that lack of accountability does not dominate the draft report. “Looking at the basic report from most of the subcommittees everything seems to be intact,” Mr. Blyden said and noted that the only thing left to do is to finalise the report.
The 2012 Festival and Fairs Committee Annual report was laid on the Table of the House of Assembly on 15 November, 2012, by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walyn. The Minister, before laying the report stressed that the submission of the document so quickly after the event was a record and historic occurrence, and thanked Committee Chair Marvin Blyden and his team.
The report articulated issues, challenges and success of the Committee during the 2012 festivities and pointed out mistakes and flaws.