Published 21st February 2020, 8:59am
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin travels to London today for a series of meetings including an introductory visit with Baroness Sugg, the United Kingdom’s new Minister with responsibility for the Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“These meetings are important because Cayman continues to stand strong in the world and we need to continue to champion good relations with the UK,” said Mr. McLaughlin. “I am also looking forward to meeting Baroness Sugg to ensure we have a close working relationship and continued cooperation with the United Kingdom. Too, I believe it is important that the Cayman Islands and the UK work more closely on trade issues.”
The meetings, which were organised by the Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs, are part of the on-going engagement strategy and partnership with the UK Government and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
He will be joined in London by Ministry Chief Officer Eric Bush and his Senior Political Adviser Roy Tatum. He will also be accompanied by senior members of the Financial Services Industry including Dan Scott, Alasdair Robertson and Kevin Lloyd.
The Premier will begin the week in a meeting with the Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell, Former Lord Mayor Peter Estlin and other City of London corporation officials. Monday evening he will attend the UK Restaurant Association Gala Dinner. The Cayman Islands Government UK Office has been a sponsor of this event for the last three years.
Tuesday the Premier will attend a meeting with Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street to discuss on-going matters as well as the recent decision by the European Union to place the Cayman Islands on a blacklist.
In the afternoon the Premier, together with Cayman private sector representatives, will meet with HRH Prince Charles at Highgrove regarding the BlueGreen Initiative discussed when the Prince was in Cayman last year.
Meetings are also being planned with the new Minister for the Overseas Territories, Baroness Sugg as well as with Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
Thursday the Premier will attend the Global Advisory Council Meeting, which will be followed by a reception. Other attendees will include representatives from KPMG, Maples, PWC and EY.