Deputy Premier Inquiring Into Miami-Based BVI Ports Authority LLC

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By Sonje Greenidge, Journalist

Updated 8:20 PM AST, Fri May 13, 2022

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Deputy Premier, Hon. Kye Rymer at the press conference on Friday, May 13.
(Photo Credit: Sonje Greenidge/BVI Platinum News)

(PLTM) - Deputy Premier, Hon. Kye Rymer, who was recently assigned the portfolio for the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), is aware of the public’s interest in the registration of a limited liability company in Miami with connection to the Territory.

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The registration details for BVI Ports Authority LLC and the name of the directors were circulated to reporters and the public in recent days.

At a press conference hosted earlier today, May 13, Hon. Rymer stated that he has been advised that the company was registered in the United States in 2019 to enable the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) to rent office space in the Miami area to provide an outreach location for its cruise business.

He further explained that in order to have the company established, a minimum of three directors were required, who would hold the shares of the company in the interest of the BVIPA.

These Directors are identified Roxane Sylvester, Deputy Chair of the BVIPA Board; Kenisha Sprauve, member of the BVI Ports Authority Board of Directors, who is also Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board, and Oleanvine Maynard, the BVIPA's Managing Director. Maynard was arrested late last month in Miami, United States, with former Premier Andrew Fahie on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

“The office space could also host the BVI Tourist Board and the Shipping Registry. It was intended to be a multi-agency space for the purpose of marketing and promoting tourism, ship registration, and perhaps in the future, serve as a base in Miami for Virgin Islanders, residents, and students, requiring assistance while abroad,” Hon. Rymer stated.

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He also noted that the facility which is strategically located near the Miami airport could be used in the future as a business hub for entrepreneurs during travel. It was also revealed that the office had not yet been opened due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was being managed by the BVIPA in the interim.

The company was not registered to engage in profit-making initiatives, according to Hon. Rymer.

The Deputy Premier stated that he has requested documents and information on the company’s operations by the BVIPA, and after review, a decision will be made about whether further actions are required.

“I give the public the assurance that whatever findings are made from the current ongoing inquiries, these will be shared with the public, and I will of course advise the public on whatever actions, if any is necessary to be taken so that the public can be confident that its interests are secured.” Hon. Rymer asserted.

The government this week announced plans to dismantle the current BVIPA Board due to ongoing security concerns following the arrests of Maynard and Fahie.

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