Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is the Premier of the Virgin Islands.
As the leader of Government business, his portfolio includes the coordination of government policies, economic planning, investment promotion, tourism, immigration, gender affairs, e-commerce, regional affairs, information and public relations, among other key areas.
As the Minister of Finance, Honourable Smith is responsible for the overall financial management of the Territory, its budget reporting, treasury, tax, long-range planning and transparency.
As the leader of the Financial Services sector, Premier Smith is tasked with ensuring that the BVI is a top-tiered financial services centre, offering a range of services in investment and wealth management. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that the industry achieves effective implementation of, and compliance with, established financial standards, components he sees as critical to a robust legal, regulatory and enforcement machinery.
Before that, Premier Smith served as Chief Medical Officer, the leading medical position in the Territory and surgeon for 17 years from 1979-1995. In 2000, he was named in the Queen's New Year's Honours List and was awarded an Order of British Empire (OBE) for his years of outstanding and dedicated service to his BVI Community.
He entered the political arena in 1998, forming the new National Democratic Party.
Following the party's first election, he served as Leader of the Opposition. In 2003, his team won a majority and he was sworn in as the Territory's first Chief Minister to be elected by the people. In 2007, after his party was defeated in the general elections, Honourable Smith became the Leader of the Opposition. In the 2011 general elections, his team rebounded, and won an overall majority.