Prosperity, jobs and growth are all items the senior civil servant responsible for the UK’s Overseas Territories wants to discuss, when he visits the Turks and Caicos Islands next week, Oct. 28-30.
Dr. Peter Hayes, Director for the Overseas Territories in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, plans to discuss these key issues with the Turks and Caicos Islands Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing and his Cabinet, Opposition figures, business people, civil servants and the public during his stay, an Oct. 24 statement from the Governor's office read.
The meeting will set the agenda for further talks the Premier and Governor, Peter Beckingham, will have during their trip to London to meet UK Ministers at the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC), which will be attended by all OT leaders, in London next month (Nov. 25-19). According to the Govenor's office, this year the JMC will have a particular focus upon growing the economies of the Overseas Territories, including a major outreach event to UK and international businesses and investors.
“The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has made clear the importance of our relationship with the Overseas Territories for the British people,” said Peter Hayes in advance of his trip.
“The relationship brings with it shared responsibilities and obligations, as set out in the White Paper of last year. The UK stepped in to prevent the collapse of the TCI economy in 2011 through a $260 million loan guarantee. During this visit I want to explore with the Premier and Government their plans for growing the economy for the longer term, and how the UK can continue to support this.”