Transfer Of Power Mechanism Likely For Next Constitution - UN Group Told!
By BVI Platinum News
Updated 9:56 AM AST, Tue Jun 21, 2022
(PLTM) - Special Envoy of the Premier, Benito Wheatley has told a United Nations group on decolonization that there is the likelihood for the Territory to include a transfer of power mechanism in the next constitution.
Wheatley and his brother, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Natalio Wheatley both provided information to the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization earlier this month.
According to an approved daft resolution, the Special Envoy, who is petitioning the committee stated that the British Virgin Islands now has the chance to move forward on the path of self-government.
He explained that an important feature of the ongoing reform process is the constitutional review that will shortly be launched, and which will put forward a mechanism for the critical transfer of governance powers.
“…Meaning that the next constitution will likely include a date for the Territory’s change,” the draft stated.
Noting that the review process will provide the people of the British Virgin Islands a chance to decide when such a transition of power to the local executive arm of government will take place, the Special Envoy declared, “This reform must proceed swiftly to embed the reforms in society” that are needed for such a transition.”
Not Ideal, But Welcomed Decision
Premier Wheatley discussed the UK’s decision not to enforce direct rule and instead allow for reforms to go ahead with a reserve order in place, but not enforced.
According to the draft, Dr. Wheatley stated that while it is not ideal for the United Kingdom Government to hold an order on reserve that would partially suspend the constitution if it assesses that implementation is not proceeding satisfactorily, his Government is forging ahead with delivering the reforms.
“This is the optimal approach,” he said, noting that it is in the best interests of the people of the British Virgin Islands.
Premier Wheatley stated that the people of the Territory have a legitimate expectation that the representatives who they have elected to represent them will do so with integrity, he said, reaffirming commitment to fulfilling that expectation.
He stated that the goal is to transform the British Virgin Islands into a model democracy, noting that the Government is working closely with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Barbados as well as various agencies on several issues relating to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as pandemic recovery.
The BVI’s petition to the committee was supported by Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.
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This should not be two brothers representing the people of the BVI at the UN decolonization and nobody sees this as unprofessional and unprincipled. What you want to say the BVI has no one to step up to the plate . Not looking good Mr . Premier . This country is not family business
Pathetic response to the UN trying to push through an agenda no one supports in the BVI. Right now the BVI is a Narco State with an ex-premier up for the most serious charges possible. Why do you think the BVI would be ready for anything else than the UK assisting in getting it back on track?
Making a statement like that at this time, its as if he has paid no attention to the events of the past year. Clearly the people do not feel able to trust their politicians to act alone and unimpeded, and the oversight role of the British government is a very useful feature in a small entity like the BVI. Every elected official needs somebody watching over them but is the tiny BVI really able to fund the different levels of government larger countries have to provide those checks and balances? And there are the other benefits of having ties to a larger entity. Military protection, hurricane assistance and a passport readily accepted around the world.
In the COI Report Sir Gary Hickinbottom says that the constitutional review should look at "the powers that need to be reserved to the Governor, and how issues as to the exercise of devolved and reserved powers respectively, when they arise, are to be resolved; and a mechanism for the transfer of reserved powers to the devolved Virgin Islands Government in the future, without a further change to the Constitution being required."
Someone can see and knows. BVI uninformed about 2030 agenda. UK is totally aware of UN Agenda So sad. And this housing development by the UN? Who owns the BVI land today, will not tomorrow. Research please!