Premier Attends Global Forum On Transparency In Germany


The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is currently in Berlin, Germany attending the 7th Meeting of theGlobal Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes from October 28 to 29.

According to the Director of Communications, Mrs. Arliene T. Penn the Global Forum, spearheaded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brings together finance ministers and stakeholders in the field of taxation and financial information exchange from over 100 countries and jurisdictions.

While away from the Territory, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering will act as Premier in accordance with Section 55 (1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007 which states, “If the Premier is expected to be absent from the Virgin Islands for more than forty-eight hours, the Governor shall authorise the Deputy Premier to perform the functions of the office of Premier; and the Governor shall revoke this authority on the return to the Virgin Islands of the Premier.”

The Government of the Virgin Islands remains committed to strengthening international relations and the financial services sector.