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The Virgin Islands (British): Business Challenges

The British Virgin Islands provides an attractive base for global financial services and tourism enterprises. However, the territory’s small domestic market constrains local business development, signaling a need for targeted support.

Firstly, the population of only 30,000 residents in Virgin Islands limits local consumer demand. Most companies must export or focus sales toward visitors to achieve profitability. The islands’ isolation also raises operating costs from frequent importing.

Easing customs procedures, import duties and taxes on equipment, supplies and materials would help reduce expenses. Transitioning energy infrastructure to renewables like solar would likewise lower utility overhead over time.

Upgrading infrastructure across transportation, telecommunications, vocational training and internet connectivity remains imperative as well to increase productivity and access global markets. These public investments aim to strengthen the Virgin Islands’ competitive advantages.

Mentorships, incubators and access to financing would also empower entrepreneurialism and innovation locally. Prioritizing high-potential sectors like agriculture, fisheries, professional services and technology aligns with infrastructure improvements.

While the tourism industry in Virgin Islands has been a key driver of economic growth—the heavy reliance on this sector has also highlighted the need for economic diversification and the development of other industries to ensure a more sustainable and resilient economy. The territories are exploring opportunities to grow other industries such as- financial services, advanced manufacturing and IT; to reduce their dependence on tourism and create a more balanced economic landscape.

The territory is the second-largest domicile for the formation of offshore investment funds— after the Cayman Islands. The offshore financial sector employs highly skilled local workers and pays salaries that are 1.75 times the average salary in the domestic sector.

The Virgin Islands government is committed to diversifying the economy, both within pillar industries and through small business growth. Creating an enabling environment for investment and skills development is crucial. Though market scale constraints persist, the territory possesses strategic strengths and natural appeal to nurture select industries sustainably.

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