Chair of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Hon. Julian Fraser believes that the Territory is not as involved regionally as it used to be and vows to strengthen the regional ties if his party is elected in the upcoming general elections.
In a territorial address that was aired on ZBVI Radio on 12 November, Hon. Fraser pointed out that the Territory’s Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and CARICOM presence will be strengthened under his leadership: “The VIP will establish good and mutually beneficial relations with our Caribbean neighbours, particularly the USVI. The VIP will restore the respect and good reputation of the Virgin Islands on the international stage. Under my leadership, I will ensure that at every Heads of Governments meeting convened by the OECS or CARICOM, the Virgin Islands will be represented by either the Premier or the Deputy Premier,” Opposition Chair announced.
This is not the first time Hon. Fraser has criticized the Territory’s relationship with its Caribbean neighbours. During the 13 June House of Assembly sitting Hon. Fraser admonished that the Territory should be clear about its affiliation with the OECS.