We didn’t have time to bid on a $750,000 PR deal – Fahie

Prime Minister Andrew Fahie

The government’s decision to issue a marketing and public relations contract for which the tender process was canceled was strongly defended by Premier Andrew Fahie.

Premier Fahie hinted at a recent press conference that his government had not had enough time to hire the company, at Maitland Consultancy, which was awarded a $750,000 contract to provide “integrated communications support” to rebuild and promote brand image BVIs.

With the Commission of Inquiry (COI) now complete and its report pending, the Prime Minister said the country was forced to do damage control to protect its image and tourism product.

“We trade on our behalf. Our name is all we have,” said the Prime Minister. “And when people go after our name internationally like that without waiting for the results, they say you’re already guilty before the report is made and those things, sometimes you can’t believe it. never.”

He added: “So with that I say we have to make sure that we continue to recognize the areas of concern that would have destroyed our name and make sure that we employ right away – we haven’t had time to ‘Employ the law away – not only the public relations part, but also the legal part to make sure we have legal representation.

Gangsters don’t run the country

In further defending the waiver of the tender for the contract, the Prime Minister reflected on allegations made by former Governor Augustus Jaspert to the COI that the government was in cahoots with drug traffickers.

“He went to great lengths, and while I respect governors, I thought it was unnecessary because you’re anticipating the conclusions of the report by saying these things,” the prime minister explained.

He continued: “And ultimately the country had to re-image because we have financial services, we have a tourism product and people who hear this stuff internationally would think there’s a collection of gangsters who run the country.”

The territorial leader also bolstered his argument by suggesting there was no tendering process as the former governor selected the members of the UK-funded commission of inquiry.

“If there’s a specific area you’re studying, allow him to take that course because, remember, under the law, the governor is the one who selects the commissioner of inquiry and there’s no no tendering that has been done there, as far as I know,” the prime minister said.

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