Premier attends Commonwealth forum

Cayman’s London representative Eric Bush, left, speaks with Premier Alden McLaughlin at the U.K. Overseas Territories business forum this week.

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin spent the week at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London.

Mr. McLaughlin, who was named president of the U.K. Overseas Territories Association earlier this year, met with U.K. Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad Thursday. He previously attended the business forum Wednesday entitled “The Future of Leadership” as well as the opening forum Tuesday.

“This is the first time that U.K. Overseas Territories Association has been invited to participate in the biennial meeting of Commonwealth Leaders and I am honoured to have been invited to attend and represent the Overseas Territories,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “It is important that we use these opportunities to not only continue to build relationships within the U.K., but to make the wider Commonwealth membership more aware of the Overseas Territories generally and to see how we can benefit each other.”

Speakers at the business forum over the course of the week included U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness also spoke at the event.

The event, in its 11th year, typically attracts an audience of business leaders from across the Commonwealth countries, along with heads of government and ministers. The forum reviews topics such as new models of healthcare, the maritime industry, the economic empowerment of women, investing in infrastructure, emerging financial technologies and innovations in financial services.