Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie is leading a delegation to the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) being held from November 23 to 26.
This year’s JMC meeting is being held virtually in light of restrictions due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.
The response to the Covid-19 pandemic will feature as one of the main areas of concern for this year’s discussions. Other key topics will include the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (Brexit), economic resilience, constitutional relationship, international trade, and environmental protection.
The Virgin Island’s delegation includes Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie; Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone; Permanent Secretary Premier’s Office, Dr. Carolyn O’Neal-Morton; Attorney General, Honourable Dawn Smith; Financial Secretary, Mr Glenroy Forbes; Director International Affairs Secretariat, Ms. Najan Christopher, Director of Communications, Mrs. Arliene T. Penn, Special Envoy to the Premier, Mr Benito Wheatley; Acting Director and UK/EU Representative BVI London Office, Ms Tracy Bradshaw; Deputy Director BVI London Office, Ms. Siobhan Flax and Political Affairs Officer BVI London Office, Mr. Xante Chalwell.
The JMC is an annual forum which allows for dialogue between the elected leaders and representatives of the Overseas Territories and those of the United Kingdom. Ministers exchange views on political and constitutional matters of mutual interest and discuss priority areas for the year ahead as it relates to economic and social development as well as governance.