Sir Richard Bran­son meets with IMF

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TORTOLA, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands – Bil­lion­aire Sir Richard Bran­son has held talks with the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF), on be­half of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

Sir Richard, who owns two of the outer is­lands in the Bri­tish Over­seas ter­ri­tory, made the dis­clo­sure in a let­ter to the BVI Cham­ber of Com­merce and Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion. He also called on the as­so­ci­a­tion for ideas to help fast track hur­ri­cane re­cov­ery ef­forts.

“I com­mit­ted to Gov­er­nor Jaspert and Pre­mier Smith that I would con­sult busi­ness own­ers in all rel­e­vant sec­tors to gather your feed­back, ideas, and re­quests and com­pile these in a re­port for their con­sid­er­a­tion.”

“I am also work­ing to set up a small team in the BVI to sup­port this project to help im­ple­ment some of these ideas,” stated Sir Richard.

“Over the last month I have met with Gov­er­nor Jaspert, Pre­mier Smith, Dr Pick­er­ing, Caribbean Heads of State, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from In­ter-amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank, the World Bank and In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund. Dur­ing these meet­ings I have heard some fan­tas­tic ideas.”

How­ever, de­tails con­cern­ing the meet­ing with IMF of­fi­cials were not re­vealed. Fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Irma on Septem­ber 6, Sir Richard has been work­ing to co­or­di­nate re­lief ef­forts. (CMC)

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