Sunday, October 23, 2016

First Days of BVI Asian Trade Mission in Hong Kong and China

BVI Premier and minister of finance Dr Orlando Smith said in his speech during the BVI Asian Trade Mission in Hong Kong that the Asia Pacific Region is a fundamental market for the British Virgin Islands. In the first days of the two week event which will make stops in HK and four cities of China, Premier headed the delegation in a number of meetings, which started with discussions with executives of Top Search International Holdings, a multi-disciplinary services group working in the spheres of insurance, asset management and banking. They discussed developments in the global and BVI financial services industry.

Among other visits, the BVI delegation had a meeting with executives of the Bank of Asia BVI Limited, to get an update information on the launch of the bank which is anticipated both by HK and BVI practitioners. 

On the first day the BVI Premier hosted a luncheon with financial services practitioners in Hong Kong, representing various sectors of economy. During the meeting Smith was speaking about the strong partnership between BVI, HK and China, about BVI advantages ad developments in the BVI financial services sector, including beneficial ownership.

On the second day of the BVI Asian Trade Mission, BVI delegation led by the Premier met with senior members of the marketing and international departments of the China National Tourism Administration; also, BVI Finance hosted the first of a series of roadshows, themed “Strategies for Global Success - BVI: The International Partner of Choice.”

Monday, October 10, 2016

BVI FSC Published Financial Services Statistics for Q2 2016

The BVI Financial Services Commission has issued the forty-third volume of its Quarterly Statistical Bulletin, providing for information and analysis of financial services activities in the territory for the second quarter of 2016. In the reported period, there were 6,767 new company incorporations in the jurisdiction, as compared to 9,456 in the first quarter of 2016, and 11,059 in the second quarter of the previous year. Cumulative number of companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands as at 30 June 2016 was 430,310. Also, in the second quarter of this year 23 Private Trust Partnerships and 25 Limited Partnerships were registered in the jurisdiction.

According to Investment Business Statistics, there was 1 Investment Business License granted in Q2 2016, making cumulative number of these licenses as much as 463; 12 Approved Investment Managers licenses, 8 Professional Mutual Funds Licenses, 2 Private Licenses, 4 Incubator Licenses and 12 approved licenses were granted in this period. 

The number of Full License Insolvency Practitioners in the second quarter of the year was 24; there were 42 Formal Requests for Legal and Enforcement and International Co-operation, as well as 8 Informal Requests, 30 Enforcement Matters, and 22 Enforcement Investigations in the reported quarter.

73 Banking and Fiduciary Services, 53 Investment Business, and 22 Insurance matters were referred to the Licensing and Supervisory Committee in the second quarter of 2016. There were 4 Trust Companies inspections and 2 Insurance inspections onsite in this period. Other relevant information can be seen in the homepage of BVI FSC.