Overseas territories ministers to gather in London for annual meeting

Ministers from the British Overseas Territories will gather in London next week to discuss Brexit, economic development and good governance at the annual Joint Ministerial Council meeting.

Premier Alden McLaughlin and the rest of the Cayman Islands delegation leave Friday for a week of meetings in London.

On the agenda for the Council, chaired by Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Baroness Joyce Anelay, are sessions on Brexit, economic development, human rights and trade.

This will be Baroness Anelay’s first JMC meeting since becoming the Minister for the Overseas Territories in July this year. The baroness visited Cayman last month.

Premier McLaughlin will also host a dinner for Friends of Cayman, a network of Cayman students and expats living in the United Kingdom, on Thursday night. On Saturday, he will host a reception for Caymanian students.

Among the delegation from Cayman will be Finance and Economic Development Minister Marco Archer; Financial Services, Commerce and Environment Minister Wayne Panton; Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose; Financial Secretary Ken Jefferson; Chief Office for Financial Services, Commerce and Environment Dax Basdeo; Joint Ministerial Council “Sherpa” Jason Webster; Senior Political Advisor to the Premier Roy Tatum; and Press Secretary to the Premier Tammie C. Chisholm.

The delegation also plans to continue discussions with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility, the five-year-old agreement meant to clean up public finances in Cayman.


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