OT Minister Visits
Overseas Territories Minister Mark Simmonds packed a busy agenda into his one-day official visit to the Cayman Islands yesterday (Tuesday 5 November 2013).
The day began with a breakfast meeting with Premier Alden McLaughlin hosted by Governor Kilpatrick at Government House.
Later in the morning Minister Simmonds and the Premier signed a ‘FATCA’-type intergovernmental agreement, prior to the weekly meeting of Cabinet. The Minister also received a presentation on the progress of the Shetty Health City and toured the George Town Police Station.
Following lunch with past Young Caymanian Leadership Award Winners and local recipients of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholar Awards, the Minister visited the George Town Port for an update on the proposed cruise berthing project.
He also called at the Legislative Assembly to meet its independent members.
Mr Simmonds next stop was the Department of the Environment where he heard about the threat that the lionfish, an invasive species, poses to Cayman Islands waters, as well as the progress that the department has made with its assessment of marine parks.
The visit ended with a reception hosted by the Premier at the George Town Yacht Club and a dinner hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Ortanique Restaurant. In between these events the Minister also took part in a brief question and answer session with local media.
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