Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources & Labour, British Virgin Islands
Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering was first sworn in as Deputy Premier of the Government of the British Virgin Islands in November 2011. Dr. Pickering is also Minister with responsibility for natural resources and labour and, additionally, for the development of the country’s airport.
A physician by training, Dr. Pickering earned his medical qualifications in 1985, subsequent specialist qualifications in obstetrics/gynecology in 1992 from the University of the West Indies, Mona and completed his residency at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica in that year. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Dr Pickering has served the Virgin Islands in both the public health arena and in private practice and continues to maintain a private practice as Obstetrician/Gynecologist and co-owner of a multi-disciplinary medical practice in the British Virgin Islands.
Dr. Pickering was first elected to public office in 1999, serving as an Opposition Member of the Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands for the period 1999-2003. He was elected to his second term of office in 2003, serving as Government Backbencher in the Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands. From 2007-2011, Dr Pickering held his third term in office, serving as a Member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the House of Assembly, Government of the Virgin Islands. He is currently serving his fifth term in elective office, having resoundingly won his district in the last elections.
Dr. Pickering has, throughout his life, been deeply involved in community development, he lives in the community in which he was born and raised, was active in softball and basketball as a younger man and has coached several sports teams from his community. He has also had a longstanding interest in matters pertaining to the environment and served for several years on the board of the BVI National Parks Trust. Now, in his capacity as a Minister of Government, he has played a central role in a number of critical initiatives in which the Government of the Virgin Islands is currently involved, including the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, intended to catalyze the high-level political will needed to protect and better manage marine and coastal resources across the region and for which the BVI will serve as Co-Chair in 2013, the European Union (EU)-Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Forum, for which the BVI serves as Secretariat (2012), and the BVI’s Climate Change Policy, and a leader of the Global Island Partnership (2016).
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