Henry Bellingham, the United Kingdom government’s minister for the British Overseas Territories, will be making his first visit to the Cayman Islands this week, as he is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, 18 April and remain here until Saturday, 21 April.
The visit will help reinforce the relationship between the Cayman Islands and the UK and foster ties between the two governments.
Mr. Bellingham is due to meet with Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush and fellow government officials to discuss the western Caribbean territory’s relationship with the UK and some of the challenges facing the Islands.
During his visit, Mr. Bellingham will also meet with Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin and senior civil servants, as well as a cross section of business people and members of the public. His programme will include elements focusing on financial services, business development, law enforcement, the environment and disaster management.
The minister will also take the opportunity to highlight with his interlocutors the forthcoming celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This will be Mr. Bellingham’s first visit to the Cayman Islands and the first visit by a British government minister since 2007. After leaving Cayman, the minister is scheduled to travel to the British Virgin Islands and then Barbados.
“I am really looking forward to visiting the Cayman Islands, which I have heard and read so much about,” Mr. Bellingham said.
“I welcome the opportunity to meet members of the government and the wider community face to face during my visit, to see the Islands for myself and to learn more about the Cayman Islands and its people.”