On Wednesday 5, November a delegation from the BVI travelled to Miami to negotiate with the company that has the intellectual rights to the greenhouses in Paraquita Bay.
The announcement of the trip was made by Deputy Premier, and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering during the November 3 edition of NDP Radio program.
In an update on the Greenhouse Project Dr. Pickering said that the trip to Miami was arranged to finalize discussions with IBT: “I don’t know how well known it is but IBT has all or at least most of the technical material stored in warehouses in the BVI under lock and key, because the final negotiations with that company had stalled in respect to outstanding monies that are owed to them; and the direction of the greenhouses.”
The Minister for Natural Resources and Labour mentioned the Auditor General’s report on the Project, and explained that the document outlined some of the issues that had to be resolved: “There is a report out about the greenhouses, and there were quite a number of other outstanding issues that had to be resolved that have now led us to this position. We have been finally able to re-engage IBT, which is the organization that is responsible for the green houses… We are going to have some negotiations with them on Thursday afternoon in Miami,” Dr. Pickering stated.
He added that following the discussion the greenhouses may become operational: “The expectation is that coming out of these negotiations we would be able to resolve all of the outstanding issues that have now held back the greenhouse. It took us a long time to get to this position, but I think I can say that we are finally at a position where sometime in 2015 we should be able to see physical work taking place on the site in Paraquita Bay.”
Hon. Pickering further opined that by the end of 2015 the greenhouses should be producing. “This has been a very slow and deliberate process, but we wanted to make sure that we did what was necessary and to do it right,” he added.