TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Friday January 12, 2018 – The British Virgin Islands Government has launched a ‘BVI Open for Business’ app which provides an interactive map detailing what public sector institutions and businesses are opened and where they are located.
The map is also used to give a virtual representation of business locations in the BVI, and report the status, operating hours, and contact numbers of those businesses.
It can be accessed through bvi.gov.vg or by visiting https://goo.gl/g1HRFc.
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Orlando Smith said the interactive map is an excellent development, noting that a number of Government institutions and businesses have had to relocate since Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year.
“This map is indeed a benefit to the public, businesses, and the world. People now have a central point to easily locate and access the relevant information about Government offices and local businesses that are now operational,” said Premier Dr Orlando Smith.
The app was developed by the Town and Country Planning Department.
Chief Planner Gregory Adams said the user-friendly application includes the present location of businesses, contact details, their operating hours and virtual representation of the business location on a map.
He added that businesses that are currently operating and are not included on the map, including those that have relocated since the hurricanes – are encouraged to visit https://goo.gl/g1HRFc and enter their information so people know where they are.
“Many businesses and Government offices have had to relocate and it has been very difficult for the public to keep up with the changes,” Adams said.
He added that the application serves as “a convenient information source for users, and businesses are able to advertise their services, which helps the economy by making information available for both residents and visitors so that they can patronize these businesses”.
The map is compatible with all electronic devices with location and GPS functions.