Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr Kedrick Pickering, and government officials unofficially survey the old Anegada Fishing Complex Structure (Photo: GIS)
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- In an effort to further economic stability and growth in the British Virgin Islands, the ministry of natural resources and labour will continue to focus this year on the development of the territory’s fisheries and air-transport gateways.
In the 2014 Budget Address, delivered on January 13, the premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, highlighted that funding has been allocated for the development of the Anegada Fishing Complex and the T.B. Lettsome International Airport.
In speaking about the fisheries sector, deputy premier and minister for natural resources and labour, Dr Kedrick Pickering, said that the strides made in the territory’s fisheries sector have increased business for some of the local stores and establishments that support locally caught fish.
Pickering continued, “Our extension to Anegada is a natural inclination and indication of our growing fishing industry. And the same can be said about the need for our airport expansion. We expect these two projects to build, grow and stabilise our economy.”
Another capital project within the ministry’s portfolio, which was highlighted in the 2014 budget address, was the East End Long Look Harbour Development.
Smith spoke to the importance of the project: “This project is necessary for the economic development of this major community and extensive consultations have been held to come up with a solution that serves the interests of the entire community.”