Tuesday, February 24, 2015

British Virgin Islands Host EU Meetings

BVI will host three high level European Union meetings, which are scheduled this week with participation of senior EU officials from UK, France, Denmark and Netherlands, as well as OT’s political leaders. By words of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith, the meetings are the culmination of hard work over the past months. The Premier will co-chair with the European Commission a Caribbean Regional Conference for OTs that will focus on how the territories can work together to achieve sustainable development.

Hon. Orlando Smith will also be the chairman of the OCTA Ministerial Conference where the heads of Government and political leaders will participate in a number of discussions; he will also be the participant of the 13th OCT-EU Forum which is the main vehicle for political dialogue between the European Union and the Overseas Territories. An important part of the talks will be the future of the Overseas Countries and Territories in the European Union.

The British Virgin Islands also manage the project for small and medium sized enterprises on behalf of the Caribbean OTs, which is funded by European Union, and is expected to benefit local small business sector.

Monday, February 16, 2015

BVI Ranks First Among FDI Investors in Vietnam

Foreign Investment Agency in Vietnam informed that in January 2015 the country has attracted more than US$663 million in FDI, which is 67 per cent higher than in the same period of 2014. The British Virgin Islands is number one investor in the economy of the country, its US$331.32 million making half of the total amount. In January, the BVI launched a luxury clothing production project worth US$300 million.  Other leaders among 15 countries that invested in Vietnam in this month are South Korea, with US$110,25 million, and Hong Kong, with US$105.5 million.

Main spheres for FDI in January are process engineering, wholesale and retail, as well as water and electricity production and distribution. As of January 20, US$505 million of FDI were invested in Vietnam. In 2014, the country attracted US$20 billion.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

UK Opposition Leader Issued Letter to UK Overseas Territories

The leader of the UK Opposition Ed Miliband issued a letter to the leaders of British overseas territories, including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and others, where he said they would have six months to make a public register of offshore companies, in order not to be put on an international blacklist of countries that refused to take measures against tax avoidance.

Mr. Miliband said: "If any Overseas Territory or Crown Dependency does not meet this deadline, we will ask the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to put them on the OECD's tax haven blacklist."

The plan of the leader of the Labour Party was criticised by Conservative Treasury minister David Gauke who said: "the UK is the only country in the OECD committed to a public central register. He wants the OECD to blacklist countries if they don't do the same as us. But that would mean blacklisting every single country in the OECD apart from the UK – countries like the US, France and Germany.”