Cayman will host OCTA

The Cayman Islands will host the 2008 ministerial meeting of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association.

The decision was made at the recent sixth Ministerial Conference of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association held in Brussels, Belgium.

Cayman’s UK Representative Jennifer Dilbert accepted the election on behalf of Minister Alden McLaughlin. Cayman’s chairmanship of the OCTA will last for one year, beginning 1 January, states a GIS press release.

The agenda will include discussions of the European Commission’s Green Paper concerning the relationship between the OCTs and the European Union; strengthening OCTA executive through technical and secretariat assistance; launching OCTA sustainable development seminars on energy policy, hazard management, and environmental impact assessments; Cayman’s entitlement of €7 million in European aid; and organising the 2008 OCT-EU Forum.

‘As incoming chair we are beginning to explore the theme of OCT and EU exports to complement the work that will be done this year on OCT EU relations. Aruba, which is our vice-chair, is excited to work along with us on this forum. They will be organising the ninth Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean in September 2008,’ Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor said.