St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have become the first CARICOM country to establish a consular office in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), with Vincentian Bishop Ishmael Charles being appointed as the first honorary consul.
Effectively, a consul is an official appointed by the government of one country to look after its commercial interests and the welfare of its citizens in another country.
Bishop Charles was named as the consul during the live virtual opening ceremony of the consular office on Friday, October 16.
He is a well-known figure in the territory and has resided in the BVI for more than 40 years. He said he is honoured and grateful for the opportunity to serve in the dignitary role.
According to Premier Andrew Fahie, Bishop Charles’ duties as an honourary consul is to promote the economic interest of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands.
“He will identify and facilitate opportunities for development of business relation trade, commerce tourism, culture and employment.”
“He will assist nationals of St Vincent and the Grenadines visiting and residing in the Virgin Islands and he will enhance the friendly and cordial relations existing between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Virgin Islands,” he added.