(Photo Credit: Press Release) L-R: Assistant Secretary General/UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Luis Felipe López-Calva and BVI Special Envoy Benito Wheatley
British Virgin Islands (BVI) Special Envoy Benito Wheatley has hailed the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a key partner in supporting the Territory’s recovery and development during a courtesy call at UN Headquarters in New York on Assistant Secretary General/UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Luis Felipe López-Calva, on 27th June 2019.
Commenting on the meeting, Wheatley said, “UNDP has been instrumental in the progress of our recovery and is a valued partner. I conveyed to Mr. López-Calva, Premier Andrew A. Fahie’s gratitude to the agency for the technical assistance provided to the Premier’s Office, Ministry of Finance and wider BVI Government over the course of the last two years. The Administration hopes to broaden and deepen the BVI’s partnership with UNDP as the islands continue to recover and plans are developed for the long-term development of the Territory.”
Among other things, UNDP has facilitated workshops on a blue economy strategy and mainstreaming gender in crisis response and recovery. The agency has also provided direct technical assistance in recovery planning and procurement.
Wheatley commended UNDP for the high-level of professionalism of its staff and excellent work in the Territory.
He said the Government looks forward to further discussions with senior UNDP officials on additional support.