London calling for premier

Premier Alden McLaughlin will leave the Cayman Islands Saturday to travel to London to attend the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meeting.

The annual meeting brings together political leaders from the overseas territories and United Kingdom ministers and is being hosted by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The meeting provides a chance to exchange views on political and constitutional issues between the governments of the territories and the U.K. government.

Those at the meeting will also discuss strategies for promoting the security and good governance of all overseas territories, as well as the potential for economic diversification, attracting investment and employment.

“Our goal in the Cayman Islands is to build sustainable economies, create jobs and drive prosperity,” said Premier McLaughlin. “Once we do these things, we can ensure a better quality of life for our citizens and visitors.”

On Tuesday night, Mr. McLaughlin will host an invitation-only dinner for current and potential future Friends of Cayman at the InterContinental Hotel in Westminster, where he will deliver a speech and answer questions.

A major U.K.-Overseas Territories Business Forum will be held alongside the council meeting on Nov. 28. The event brings together all the Overseas Territories with U.K. businesses and investors.

Traveling with the premier to London will be Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton, Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose. Ministry of Health Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn and Home Affairs Chief Officer Eric Bush.

They will return to the Cayman Islands on Saturday, Nov. 30.