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.
- Published in Politics