in all news / From: February 19, 2020 at 11:10 am /
Education Minister Dr. Natalio Wheatley
Prime Minister Andrew Fahie has signed an agreement to set up medical schools in the British Virgin Islands.
According to a press release from the Prime Minister on February 18, the agreement with the Caribbean Accreditation Agency for Medicine and Other Healthcare Professionals (CAAM-HP) was signed under CARICOM.
“It’s official now! After years of persecution, today, as I attended the 31st meeting of CARICOM’s Conference of Heads of Government in Barbados, I also took the time, on behalf of the BVI, to sign an agreement for us as territory to establish medical schools by the Caribbean Accreditation Agency for Medicine and Other Health Professionals, ”said Premier Fahie.
He said this new milestone will bring a number of benefits to the BVI’s economy.
“This is good news and will give our BVI staff more opportunities in many areas, e. For example, apartment rentals, the need for increased transportation, grants to study medicine at home and added value to our health care – an overall boost to our economy, ”said Premier Fahie.
Agreement also signed with CXC
The press release goes on to say that during the meeting, Premier Fahie also signed an agreement with the Caribbean Examination Council outlining the BVI’s membership in the organization.
The agreement also describes the benefits that the area will receive as a member. These include: “Free training for teachers, reduced fees for our exams and participation in running the organization”.
The Prime Minister said the agreements were made thanks to the work of Education Minister Dr. Natalio Wheatley and involved officials became possible.
Other medical school agreements in the BVI
This is the second agreement signed by a British Virgin Islands government to establish a medical facility in the area.
The first was approved by the Cabinet under the NDP administration in 2018 to rename the University of Science, Arts and Technology – later renamed University of Health and Humanities, Virgin Islands – to BVI.
BVI News was last published in September 2019 by Minister Dr. Wheatley announced that the new medical facility on the James Young Harbor View Marina campus in East End, Tortola is awaiting renovation work.
We have also been informed that the school is also awaiting accreditation from the Caribbean Accreditation Agency for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) before it can go into operation.
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