Overseas Territories leaders meet in Bermuda

Premier Alden McLaughlin will be in Bermuda this week for a meeting with all Overseas Territories heads of government to exchange views on political and constitutional issues as they relate to the U.K.’s relationship with Overseas Territories.  

The pre-joint Ministerial Council meeting from July 22 to 24 is held annually ahead of the Joint Ministerial Council later in the year.  

The meeting will focus on social and economic development, financial services, environmental and security matters and the relationship between the Overseas Territories and the United Kingdom.  

“It is an important gathering because the Overseas Territories are diverse,” Mr. McLaughlin said in a press release. “Through this meeting we will come to a consensus on the way forward to strengthen our collective position at the full JMC meeting.” 

Heads of government from the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Montserrat and Bermuda will also attend. Representatives from Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Pitcairn will respond remotely.  

According to the government press release, Mr. McLaughlin will be joined by a delegation that includes Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose, sherpa Jason Webster, Councilor Roy McTaggart and Senior Political Adviser Roy Tatum.  

Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley will chair the meeting.  

The Cayman Islands hosted last year’s pre-joint Ministerial meeting.  

Premier McLaughlin
Premier McLaughlin