St Vincent and the Grenadines is the first CARICOM nation to open consular office in the BVI

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently made history as the first CARICOM country to establish a consular office in the British Virgin Islands, LoopNewsCaribbean reports.

During the opening ceremony which was held virtually on October 16, Bishop Ishamael Charles was named honorary consul.

The Bishop is well-known in the British Overseas Territory, having resided there for over 40 years.

Commenting on his appointment as honorary consul, he said he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve.

Premier Andrew Fahie said as Honourary Consul, the Bishop will be tasked with promoting the economic interests of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands.

“He will identify and facilitate opportunities for the development of business relationships and trade, commerce tourism, culture and employment. He will also assist nationals of St Vincent and the Grenadines visiting and residing in the Virgin Islands and enhance the friendly relationship that already exists between both territories,” he explained.

The Premier said the BVI enjoys a special relationship with St Vincent and the Grenadines and with over 2000 Vincentian nationals currently residing in the BVI, he believes the strengthened partnership will result in many benefits for the economy in the BVI.

He said: “Of the many nationalities represented, we have more Vincentians living and working here than any other grouping. They are our friends, neighbours, husbands, wives, children and even our Bishop.”

Premier Fahie said he is pleased to officially take steps to deepen the level of cooperation between both governments while collaborating to develop trade in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, goods and services.

Deputy Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce Louis Straker said he’s grateful that the BVI continues to allow Vincentians to migrate and improve their lifestyles.

According to Straker, the historic partnership will contribute to the economic development of both islands.

He also proposed an exchange programme that’ll see students from SVG studying in the British Virgin Islands and vice versa.