At-Large Representative, Hon. Shereen Flax Charles is not ready to discuss her reassignment as the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development.
BVI Platinum News contacted the Junior Minister following yesterday's announcement from Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie about her re-posting.
The Junior Minister was asked to provide a comment on the decision; however, she replied, 'not at this time'.
Up until the weekend, Hon. Flax-Charles held the portfolio of Junior Minister for Tourism.
However, effective Monday 25th, November 2019, Hon. Flax-Charles was appointed the Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development. Hon. Sharie deCastro who held the post of Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development was reassigned to fill the post of Junior Minister for Tourism.
Hon. deCastro is in the United Kingdom on official Government business. Premier Fahie described the move as a good one because it seeks to build capacity across Government.
"There is an opportunity to get tourism expertise at this time within the trade and economic agenda. Hone Flax-Charles comes with experience in tourism that will help to bolster our business development sector through the lens of tourism," Premier Fahie stated.
He added that Government wants to ensure that the business community is providing the right product offering as a destination and jurisdiction or that they are creating businesses that help to encourage and attract products and services that are of interest to visitors and residents.
According to the Premier, since they are diversifying the tourism product beyond sun, sea and sand, the reassignment is important to allow for the expansion of that part of sector with the reality that visitors are consumers of local products, good and services.
He explained that equally important, Hon. deCastro will bring business development, integration, and innovation into the tourism industry.
"She can help to create a balance between the tourism sector and business sector from a trade and innovative perspective. So the overall objective is to strengthen all areas of the economy and to ensure that business, tourism, trade and commerce drive a new green BVI where there is economic expansion and economic diversification, thereby leading to the creation of jobs, entrepreneurs, and strong BVI," the Premier stated.