The government has commenced a recruitment drive for persons to sit as members on various local boards and commissions - both new and previously-established.
Membership is being sought for the BVI Airports Authority, BVI Ports Authority, Prospect Reef Resort, the Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Commission, and Virgin Islands Trade Commission.
Besides the BVI Ports Authority and the Airport Authority, all the above-listed agencies are seeking both chairpersons and members.
A media release from the Premier’s Office described this move as “the first time that the roles are being actively advertised” to attract persons to sit on these boards.
Notwithstanding the advertisement, candidates will still be interviewed and chosen based on “merit, prior experience, and competence in the sector”.
Noting that the BVI has highly motivated and experienced people, Acting Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley urged residents to seriously consider putting themselves forward for these roles.
“The advertising of members of the board is government’s ongoing efforts to further strengthen transparency and accountability in the Virgin Islands
. We are preparing the BVI for a new, brighter and more resilient future,” said Acting Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley.
“This journey is ongoing and includes other areas such as suite of good governance legislations as these efforts are being balanced with further strengthening of our economy while balancing lives with livelihood in this ‘New Regular’ of living and working with COVID
-19,” the legislator added.
Meanwhile, the aforesaid media release explained that members of local boards and commissions are appointed to consult on the proper running of their respective institution.
It further said current serving members will be allowed to apply.
“However, each candidate will be reviewed independently and on the basis of the same criteria to ensure a fair process and transparency. Candidates have until June 15 to submit applications,” the release stated.