OCT EU Forum 2008
The main focus of the meetings will be discussions on future relations of OCTs in relation to the EU in matters of trade, environment, capacity building and the 10th European Development Fund programme.
—Leader of Government Business Hon D. Kurt Tibbetts, JP
Statement by Leader of Government Business Hon D. Kurt Tibbetts, JP
- The Overseas Countries and Territories Association have a historic relationship with the European Commission, with the overall purpose of strengthening relations.
- The Seventh Annual Overseas Countries and Territories Forum will be held in Grand Cayman because the Cayman Islands is a Member of the Executive Committee, Overseas Countries and Territories Association and is the Association's 2008 Ministerial Chairman.
- The 2008 Ministerial Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th November at the Westin Casuarina Hotel and the Forum meetings will follow on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November. There will also be trilateral meetings between the administering entities: the European Commission, Member States (UK, Denmark, France and the Netherlands) and the OCTs.
- Over 20 countries will be represented at these meetings, all meeting logistics being funded in full by the European Commission.
- Representatives include Heads of Government, the Commission's Directorate General for Development Mr. Stefano Manservisi, Head of the Commission's Sector for Overseas Countries and Territories, in addition to the Representatives and officials of OCT Governments, the UK, France, Denmark and the Netherlands, and other Commission Representatives.
- All representatives (from the OCTs including from the Member States and the European Commission) will be welcomed to the Cayman Islands at the Welcome Reception and Dinner at Pedro St James on Wednesday 26 November. (This event will commence at 6:30 pm).
- Some of the activities that will take place during the OCTA Ministerial Meeting are election of the 2009 Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Ministerial, President and Vice President and members of the Executive and Audit Committee. The main focus of the meetings will be discussions on future relations of OCTs in relation to the EU in matters of trade, environment, capacity building and the 10th European Development Fund programme.