Monday, February 05, 2007

Gaskin Appointed as Acting Deputy Financial Secretary

Last week the government announced that Wendell M. Gaskin has been appointed as acting deputy financial secretary at the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Gaskin followed Neil Smith, who was appointed Financial Secretary in 2006.

Wendell Gaskin served as director of the Internal Audit Unit, from 2000 until his appointment at the Ministry of Finance, and has 16 years of experience in audit, accounting and financial management.

Before that he was the financial controller of the BVI Ports Authority, from 1998 till 2000 and internal auditor at the Ministry of Finance, from 1995 till 1998. Mr. Gaskin was also the director of business affairs and chief fiscal officer for the USVI Legislature, from 1993 till 1995. He has been an instructor at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College since 1991.

Mr. Gaskin, as an acting deputy financial secretary, serves as the desk officer for departments under the Ministry of Finance. He also serves as government desk officer for the Social Security Board. His task is also to facilitate and organise financial arrangements with multilateral banking institutions, and to ensure that all policies and legislation pertaining to the Development Bank of the British Virgin Islands are formulated and operated within Government stated policies.

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