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OTs ‘well positioned for ministerial engagement with UK’- Dr the Hon Wheatley

- following Pre-Joint Ministerial Council (Pre-JMC) meeting of Overseas Territories Leaders
The Overseas Territories (OTs) of the United Kingdom (UK) are well positioned for ministerial engagement with the UK later this year, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said. Photo: VINO/File
The decisions taken at the Pre-JMC will inform the priorities for meetings with the UK Government at the annual UK-OT Joint Ministerial Council that will take place in November 2021. Photo: Pickfords
The decisions taken at the Pre-JMC will inform the priorities for meetings with the UK Government at the annual UK-OT Joint Ministerial Council that will take place in November 2021. Photo: Pickfords
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Overseas Territories (OTs) of the United Kingdom (UK) are well positioned for ministerial engagement with the UK later this year, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said.

Dr Wheatley led the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) delegation on behalf of Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at the Pre-Joint Ministerial Council (Pre-JMC) meeting of Overseas Territories (OTs) Leaders held virtually on May 27, 2021.

The Premiers, Ministers and Representatives in attendance discussed COVID-19, economic recovery and resilience, post-Brexit financial assistance, UK/OT constitutional relationship, funding for environmental protection, crisis and disaster management and border security, among other things, a press release from the Government of the Virgin Islands today, June 7, 2021, stated.

It said the OT Leaders acknowledged that the OTs had much to gain from each other’s experiences and pledged to work together. They also agreed to push for greater consultation of the OTs on international issues that affect them.

Solidarity

The decisions taken at the Pre-JMC will inform the priorities for meetings with the UK Government at the annual UK-OT Joint Ministerial Council that will take place in November 2021.

The OTs represented included Anguilla, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Commenting on the exchanges between OT Leaders, Deputy Premier Wheatley said,

“I was particularly pleased with the solidarity, spirit of collaboration and common understanding expressed by OT Leaders on the challenges that we collectively and individually face. I expressed the views of the BVI on behalf of Premier Fahie and believe the OTs are well-positioned for ministerial engagement with the UK later this year.”

Honourable Wheatley was joined by Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton, Director of the International Affairs Secretariat Ms Najan Christopher, Special Envoy of the Premier Mr E. Benito Wheatley, UK Representative and Director (Ag) of the BVI London Office Ms Tracy Bradshaw, Deputy Director of the BVI London Office Ms Siobhan Flax and BVI London Office Political Officer Mr Xante Chalwell.

12 Responses to “OTs ‘well positioned for ministerial engagement with UK’- Dr the Hon Wheatley”

  • Awe (07/06/2021, 17:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    What imput will the people have in matters to be discussed?
  • COOPERATION DO HELP WHEN HEARTS ARE MENDED FOR THE GOOD OF ALL. (07/06/2021, 17:53) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am please to hear of this joint venture that is geared towards building a better relationship between the UK and its overseas territories, especially the B.V.I. We need more of the same goung forward, not continuing bickering, sparing, false accusing, and ungrounded unity-severing tactics being deployed for political gains, that are detrimental to good community relationship.
    • josiah'sbay (08/06/2021, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      There is any relationship when one side have all the power. It's a dictatorship!
  • Long shot. (07/06/2021, 17:56) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Way out of his league.
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      This minister jamming we got you
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      Imegine exchanging him for the little child at the bank
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      Some one have to get in the league at some time. You want to be for ever marginalized with bureaucracy and hate?
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    Hon. Wheathey what selfish C***y on Saturday was seriously disrespectful! There’s absolutely no way that lady is a child or God or even Baptized. If she is a baptized Born agin Christian And acting like a child that’s crazy!
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