updated 1:08 PM PDT, Jun 26, 2017
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Impact Of Trump's Policies On BVI Discussed 

Last evening, April 27th, a discussion was held on the impact President of United States of America, Donald Trump policies and politics would have on the Caribbean countries including the BVI. 

Two days ahead of the Trump administration’s first 100 days, the renowned author, scholar and international lecturer Dr. Max Hilaire lead the discussion at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College's Spring Community Lecture Series at the auditorium.

He said that there is no need for the region to panic at this time because Trump is not firm on any of his plans.

"Overall there is no need to panic although being alarmed by Trump’s Presidency. There is no concrete proposal coming from the administration but from the indications from Trump you can expect a very rough four years for the Caribbean on a whole and the BVI to some extent," said Dr. Hilaire lamented.

The Chair of the Department of Political Science at Morgan State University said that the US policy towards the Caribbean has remained relatively unchanged for decades.

"The US has become complacent with the Caribbean and Latin America and has not invested much time and political capital in helping the region overcome some of its economic problems and political vulnerability," he said. 

Dr Hilaire a;so anticipates that the projected change to the US tax policy in the plan could impact the BVI’s position as a leading international finance centre and a US dominated tourism destination.

Dr. Hilaire is Professor & Chair of the Department of Political Science at Morgan State University. 

His lecture was followed by a panel discussion with local panel guests Mr. Russell Harrigan, CEO of Oyster Global Marketing and Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board and Mr. Robert Briant, Partner at Conyers, Dill & Pearman law firm. 

Respect My Opinion-Caines 

Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines, Sixth District Representative and government member publicly asked for persons to respect her opinion even if it may not be pleasing to some. 

“At the end of the day, I would have said and done what I felt in my spirit and in my heart. It may not please everyone and that's ok by me,” she said on social media. 

The government backbencher added, “Just respect my opinion as I would respect yours. Constructive criticisms are welcome…I don't much listen to or accept negativity. It draws every inch of positive vibe from your body.”

Caines made headline when she made a surprise move on February 23rd, calling for government to hold off on the TB Lettsome International Airport expansion project. 

In the House of Assembly, she said that the government couldn’t afford a project of this magnitude at this time.

"I must say that I am not against an airport (expansion); I simply do not think it is feasible at this time. There are too many things in our country that needs to be fixed that I think that need to take priority. Infrastructure, schools in need of much help, our roads are still a mess, sewerage still a mess. Our whole infrastructure needs a facelift," Caines lamented. 

She added, "I repeat, I am not saying we don’t need an airport (expansion), but the time for us to venture into such a great financial constraint that would probably hold us hostage for a number of years."

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