Premier, governor head to London

Cayman Islands representatives, including the premier and the governor, will travel to London Friday, Nov. 28, for the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meeting.

The annual meeting brings together all the political leaders from the British territories with United Kingdom ministers and provides a forum to discuss political and constitutional issues between the various governments.

Discussions at the meetings typically cover areas such as policing and security, economic prospects, proper governance measures and educational opportunities in the territories. During the meeting, U.K. and overseas territories representatives will review and discuss strategy and commitments contained in the 2012 white paper, dubbed ‘The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability’.

Traveling with Premier Alden McLaughlin and Governor Helen Kilpatrick will be Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton, Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose, the premier’s senior political advisor Roy Tatum, and civil servants Eric Bush and Jason Webster.

“It is vitally important that we attend the JMC each year to keep the Cayman Islands in the forefront,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “Through our participation we can ensure that Cayman remains in the global spotlight and continues to build sustainable economies, create jobs and drive prosperity.”

During the weekend, Mr. McLaughlin will host a reception for Cayman Islands students studying in the UK.

On Dec. 4, Mr. McLaughlin will host an invitation-only dinner for current and potential future “friends of Cayman.”

The delegation will return to Cayman on Friday, Dec. 5.

Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell will act as premier while Mr. McLaughlin is out of the country.