'My duty to BVI transcends any office' | Flax-Charles embraces change in portfolios
Newly-appointed Junior Minister of Trade & Economic Development Shereen Flax-Charles is embracing the recent decision made by Premier Andrew Fahie to swap ministerial portfolios with Junior Tourism Minister Sharie de Castro.
In a public statement on Wednesday, November 27, the Territorial At-Large Representative said her duty to the territory transcends any office and her love for the BVI continues to drive her to excel as a junior minister.
“I am honoured to have been entrusted with the dynamic portfolio of Trade & Economic Development. Our manifesto makes clear our shared dedication to small businesses, economic diversification and human capital development,” Flax-Charles stated.
She further said: “I am embracing this new opportunity. I am fresh, I bring the perspective of an entrepreneur and an innovator. I am willing and I am able! I look forward to receiving ideas from our business people and the wider community.”
The former Junior Minister for Tourism said she believes the switch to her new portfolio will be an easy one, adding that she is ready to tackle the tasks ahead.
“Tourism in the BVI is maintained by the creativity and enterprise of entrepreneurs across this territory and so this transition is as natural for me as the sail from Virgin Gorda to Tortola.
I anticipate the formalisation of my new role and engaging with you the business community to execute impactful initiatives.”
Moments after BVI News reported that Flax-Charles was being bumped from the Junior Minister for Tourism portfolio on Tuesday, November 26, Premier Fahie confirmed the reshuffling with his administration.
There has been some amount of controversy surrounding the reshuffle with some residents questioning the Premier’s reason for the swap which has been described as abrupt.