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Cayman and the Commonwealth

HE the Governor Mr Stuart Jack

Everyone in the Cayman Islands - including persons in government and civil organisations, and certainly the public - is invited to participate in the largest global dialogue ever undertaken about the Commonwealth's future role in our lives.

Called the "Commonwealth Conversation," this dialogue will be held online, as well as through a series of events organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). Comments will be received from now until the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad in November 2009, where a set of recommendations based on feedback will be presented.

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His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack, CVO; and Hon. Justice Charles Quin, QC, as Cayman's honorary RCS representative, said the conversation aims to provide an open and inclusive platform to discuss the role, structure and responsibilities of the Commonwealth in 2010 and beyond.

The Governor noted that the Commonwealth's 60th anniversary, commemorated this year, offers the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the past and to consider what the future may hold for the association.

"The association is only as relevant as it is to its citizens," he explained. "This is why we are encouraging everyone to take part in the discussions."

Mr. Quin said that Cayman is involved in a number of Commonwealth activities, including the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Day; and associations for parliamentarians, magistrates, judges, and lawyers.

"One noble example of this involvement is the prestigious annual RCS Essay Competition in which most, if not all, of the schools in the Cayman Islands participate, with many students receiving high commendations," he remarked.

"With more than 100 nationalities represented here - many from Commonwealth countries - the Cayman Islands are a living example of the sort of democracy and diversity for which the Commonwealth stands."

Her Majesty the Queen is Head of the Commonwealth - an association of 53 sovereign nations that support each other and work together towards international goals.

With a population of 2 billion, the Commonwealth represents more than 30% of the world's population. It sees itself as a family of peoples, with a common heritage in language, culture, law, education and democratic traditions.


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