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Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal


Island Sun

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The Island Sun (British Virgin Islands)

Island Sun

1791 Marlow Rd

Santa Rosa, California 95401

United States

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Background Information

Employment History


Organization of Eastern Caribbean States


World Bank

Chairman of Governors

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College


Member Emeritus
House of Assembly

Permanent Secretary In the Ministry
Education Mr. Bryan Penn.

Member of Board of Governors
Caribbean Development Bank

8th-14th Legislatures

Road Town Methodist Church

Associate Member

Seventh District

Founding Member
The Rotary Club of Vinings

Permanent Secretary

Gender Affairs Unit

Financial Services Commission


St. Mary's Anglican Primary School

Public Administration

Oxford University

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Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Ralph O'Neal announced via a radio broadcast on ZBVI radio on 27 May that he will not be contesting the next general elections that is constitutionally due in November 2015. The elder statesman also announced that he is retiring from the post of Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to allow the next leader of the Party to be able to prepare for the 2015 general elections. Mr. O'Neal also suggested the eventuality of a snap election. The veteran legislator did not endorse a successor to the VIP chairmanship, but he called for the Party to remain united and strong.
Hon. O'Neal who celebrated his 80th birthday on 13 December 2013 has been a legislator for 39 years. The announcement of his retirement from politics was being made after a discussion with his constituents, and the Opposition Leader thanked the people of the Ninth District for re-electing him uninterruptedly since 1975.
In recapping his political journey, Hon. O'Neal said: "I started out as an independent, but men like H. L. Stoutt and Randolf Mose Malone recognized that here was someone who was willing to work for the good of the Territory and invited me to join the Virgin Islands Party, and after consulting with my people I joined. I have remained faithful and loyal to the Virgin Islands Party to this day, not merely looking to receive, but to give my very best to the Party and the country."
Hon. O'Neal said that he is thankful that he was able to serve his Territory which he enjoyed and said he made many friends along the way. "I have made a few enemies too, but working together we have been able to make many changes for the better for our country and the people of the BVI. I have had trials, but I have been able to overcome by the goodness of almighty God and prayers of many."
In passing the baton, Hon. O'Neal said that it is his desire to see the Virgin Islands Party continue form strength to strength and to be the Party for the people; the seasoned politician used that opportunity to issue an advice to the Party: "I will like to remind the party that while contemplating on the end of the present term there is a possibility of the honourable Premier calling a snap election hoping that the Party is not prepared and this is where the Party must show that it is strong and prepared for any battle. If you look back it will be seen that the Virgin Islands Party has done things for all the people and I see no reason why this cannot continue," he said noting that it will take long to list all that the Party has accomplished.
"The Party has not been sleeping and kept the people in front of them at all time," Hon. O'Neal declared as he thanked the public for their support while he was in office. "It has been a privilege to have been given the opportunity to serve," he said as he thanked the public service for their cooperation and willingness at all times to ensure government was in a good position. He also thanked the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, the churches, clubs, and media.
"To the Virgin Islands Party, thank you… I would like to salute Mr. Randolf Mose Malone and Mr Carvin Malone for the outstanding work they have done for the Virgin Islands Party and the community. I appreciate all you have done, and hope you will continue to support the Virgin Islands Party," Hon. O'Neal continued. He issued a special thank you to his wife who worked very hard and has been there for him especially during his illness. Finally, Hon. O'Neal ended his broadcast saying: "Of all the land in the east and the west I love my native land the best and that country must always come before self"
Statement from Premier
In response to the announcement of Hon. O'Neal's retirement, Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith issued a statement on behalf of the Government and people of the Territory thanking Hon. O'Neal for his service.
Hon. Smith said: "On behalf of the Government and people of the Virgin Islands I want to recognize the invaluable contributions Mr. O'Neal has made to the Development of our Territory.
I have told Honourable O'Neal a few times before that I look forward to reading his memoir, chronicling his role in, and knowledge of the history and development of these Virgin Islands. On behalf of my Government and the people of these Virgin Islands, I express my gratitude for his commitment to these Virgin Islands. We thank Honourable O'Neal for his unwavering public service commitment and pray that God will continue to bless him during his retirement," he added.
Community Response
Following the announcement, residents called into the Speak Out BVI program that is hosted by Mr. Douglas Wheatley to say thank you to Hon. O'Neal and to wish him well in his retirement.
I pray that the nation would put in the right person after him you know Lavity Stoutt was a great man and also Ralph O'Neal walked in his footsteps in doing many things and I pray that whoever is appointed will really carry on the legacy that has been left."
The caller added: "I want to say to Hon. Ralph O'Neal and his wife may God bless you all, and I want to thank you all very much. He not only looking out for you because of politics but personal like a friend like someone who cares, someone who is there for you at your home that is a part of Ralph O'Neal.

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Hon. Ralph T. O'neal Elevated To Member Emeritus Of The House Of Assembly

Ralph T. O'neal Elevated To Member Emeritus Of The House Of Assembly
Hon. Ralph T. O'neal Elevated To Member Emeritus Of The House Of Assembly
Hon R T O'Neal
On 6 July 2015, all of the Members that were present at the sitting of the House of Assembly voted in favour of bestowing the title of Member Emeritus to Former BVI Leader and Ninth District Representative, Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal for his years of service to the Territory and its people.
In moving the Motion to have the title bestowed on Hon. O'Neal - first Premier of the BVI, and immediate past Leader of the Opposition (former Chairman of the main opposition -Second-term Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith reflected on Hon. O'Neal's legislative service - a service that commenced with his election in September 1975 as member for the Seventh District (then Virgin Gorda), then later as Ninth District from 1979 to the 2011 election.
Premier Smith pointed out that outside of the realm of politics Hon. O'Neal has served in many other public service capacities, and has been a great stalwart to many non-governmental causes.
O'Neal has basically been the consummate politician, he is a great statesman, and one who has worked tirelessly for the good of the people of the British Virgin Islands and particularly for the good of the people that he represented."
"You have devoted yourself to the people of the British Virgin Islands and I want to thank you sincerely and by bestowing this honour on you, we hope that this is the beginning of the recognition that you have obtained," Hon. Smith added before thanking the family of Hon. O'Neal for their support as well.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Ingrid Moses showered praises on Hon. O'Neal, and praised his achievement: "You are a historian, a walking encyclopaedia and as the young people would say - you are the Google on the history of the Virgin Islands.
The anxiousness to read Hon. O'Neal's promised memoir was conveyed by many other Members of the House of Assembly. In a similar manner at least three Legislators asked that a place or landmark be named in Honour of Hon. O'Neal.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn shared a personal story of how Hon. O'Neal helped him in his private life.
Following the story, the Minister said: "When you called upon Mr. O'Neal for help with something you could always walk away knowing he was going to assist you, and so he is known to be a man of his word."
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Delores Christopher declared that Hon. O'Neal has a spectacular track record.
O'Neal you are an icon in your own right...I thank you so much for loving both people and your country."
At Large Representative, Hon. Archibald Christian recalled the respectful nature of Hon. O'Neal.
As you can see, Mr. O'Neal was quite an institution within himself."
The Ninth District Representative caused contagious laughter in the House when he said: "I must mention though, that we were political rivals. My brother coudn't get him beat, and you could safely say I couldn't get him beat; so I thank God for his retirement now that I have been given this opportunity to sit in this seat - thank you Mr. O'Neal."
Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser in a touching tribute said: "We don't know if anyone can fill your shoes Mr. O'Neal.
Mr. O'Neal these things are going to continue because there is so much that you have done, not just for your District, but for this Territory; and the Caribbean as a whole.
All of the legislators thanked Hon. O'Neal's family especially Mrs. Edris O'Neal for their support and contribution over the years.
Hon. O'Neal Responds
In his response Hon. O'Neal said that he was grateful for the honour that was being bestowed on him : "Madame Speaker I am very grateful to you and the Hon. House, and I am happy to be here.
Hon. O'Neal particularly identified Hon. Pickering and Hon. Walwyn as Members of the House who would assist him by holding his hands: "The Members looked after me very well...Mrs.
Hon. O'Neal also thanked his wife for the help that she has provided to him over the years and shared that Mrs. O'Neal also assisted with his typing. Now Hon. O'Neal said that he looks forward to a quiet retirement: "I just want to sit down and do my writing, read some books and so on....I'd like to take it easy."
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BVI To Review Taxes And FeesMonday 15/3/2010 British Virgin Islands Prime Minister, Ralph O'Neal has said that the territory will run a budget surplus during 2010, although the government still intends to review indirect taxes and fees on financial services.

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Addressing the First House of Assembly on September 9, British Virgin Islands Premier, Ralph O'Neal announced that, in line with the jurisdiction's commitment to acting as a responsible financial services centre, he would travel to the Netherlands to sign the islands' thirteenth tax information exchange agreement on Friday, September 11.

The agreement marks a significant milestone for the territory, O'Neal noted, observing that it illustrates the jurisdiction's continued commitment to ensuring transparency in the operation of the financial services sector and to the principles of good governance, despite surpassing the twelve TIEA quota set by the G20 on April 2.
O'Neal noted that on August 13 the British Virgin Islands gained OECD 'white list' status following the conclusion of its twelfth TIEA with New Zealand, placing the territory on the list of jurisdictions deemed to have substantially implemented the internationally-agreed standard on transparency and information exchange.
"On that occasion I gave assurances that we will not stop there but rather, we will continue to pursue negotiations with a view to signing similar agreements with other countries. While we will primarily pursue these agreements with those countries which are members of the OECD, we are also willing to enter into similar agreements with other countries with which we conduct international business," O'Neal revealed.
BVI To Review Taxes And FeesMonday 15/3/2010 British Virgin Islands Prime Minister, Ralph O'Neal has said that the territory will run a budget surplus during 2010, although the government still intends to review indirect taxes and fees on financial services.

Offshore Trusts Guide | British Virgin Islands New Private Trust Company Regulations [cached]

BVI To Review Taxes And FeesMonday 15/3/2010 British Virgin Islands Prime Minister, Ralph O'Neal has said that the territory will run a budget surplus during 2010, although the government still intends to review indirect taxes and fees on financial services.

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