|End “Project Culture” replace with “Fix First Approach” [VIDEO]|
CEO of JOMA properties and entrepreneur, Collin O’Neal, has called on government to end the culture of starting projects – what he termed “project culture” and replace it with a “fix first approach”. This call came during his presentation on the topic, “Developing a Modern Virgin Islands- Ideas for our Infrastructural Development” at the Ministry of Communications and Works Retreat, on January 24.
Addressing wastage of public resources and creating an environment that is conducive for sustainable economic growth and development, O’Neal warned that priority should be given to the needs of the country when government embarks on carrying out its fiscal programme. He further listed a number of areas, that in his view, the BVI is found wanting.
A collaborative approach that involves public and private sector partners was itemised by O’Neal, as a key ingredient to effectively pursue long term planning and development goals for the Virgin Islands.
O’Neal also cited the imposition of the protocols for financial management by the UK government as an opportunity for residents of the territory to get value for money.
He also expressed optimism about the local economy, irrespective of the challenges, adding that effective planning and sound use of human and physical resources to take the country forward.
Colin O'Neal was the founder and managing partner of the law firm O'Neal Webster where he practiced commercial law for nearly twenty years. In 2005 he left the practice of law to become Chief Executive Officer of JOMA (Properties) Ltd., a real estate development and management company in the British Virgin Islands.