During the meeting of government officials of the British Virgin Islands and United States Virgin Islands on the sixth Inter-Virgin Islands Council on May 8, the areas of shared interests were discussed by the parties, as well as initiatives to strengthen ties between the jurisdictions. The council launched updates and developments on law enforcement, tourism, in the sphere of education, and many others.
The BVI delegation included permanent secretaries and relevant senior officers and was headed by the Premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith. Representation of the British Virgin Islands government at the Inter-Virgin Islands Council meeting reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen regional and international relations, and maintain close ties with the United States Virgin Islands.
The Inter-Virgin Islands Council was established in 2004, by signing the memorandum of understanding by BVI Chief Minister Dr Orlando Smith and former USVI Governor Dr Charles Turnbull. The first meeting of the Council was held in April 2005, on St Croix.