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Premier heads to Bermuda for OT meeting

Hon. Alden McLaughlin
Hon. Alden McLaughlin

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin will once again travel to hash out UK Overseas Territories’ issues at a pre-Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) meeting.

The pow-wow between the leaders is expected to touch upon political and constitutional issues, particularly the relationship with the mother country. The idea is to exchange those views and find some degree of commonality prior to the big meeting expected later this year.

The pre-meeting takes place 22-24 July and will be chaired by Bermuda Premier Hon. Michael Dunkley.

Heads of Government from the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Monserrat, Cayman Islands and Bermuda are expected to attend. Representatives from Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Pitcairn will respond remotely.

“We meet each year ahead of the Joint Ministerial Council, which will be held later this year, to discuss the many areas in which we can work together. It is an important gathering because the Overseas Territories are diverse,” said Mr. McLaughlin. “Through this meeting we will come to a consensus on the way forward to strengthen our collective position at the full JMC meeting.”

Other areas of focus at this week’s meetings will centre on social and economic development, financial services, and  environmental and security matters.

The Cayman Islands hosted last year’s pre-JMC. Travelling with Mr. McLaughlin will be Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose, Sherpa Jason Webster, Councillor Roy McTaggart and Senior Political Advisor Roy Tatum.

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