Premier hosts friends of Cayman dinner

| 10/12/2018
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Former governors Duncan Taylor and John Owen, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Governor Martyn Roper and former governor Bruce Dinwiddy

(CNS Local Life): Premier Alden McLaughlin and the Cayman delegation in the UK gathered with more 200 friends and associates at the Institute of Directors in London for the annual premier’s dinner on Thursday, 6 December. The event is an opportunity to all those who have taken an interest in, or have worked with, the Cayman Islands Government in the UK throughout the year.

Included in the Cayman delegation were Cabinet ministers Tara Rivers and Joseph Hew; Attorney General Sam Bulgin; Leader of the Opposition Ezzard Miller; and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alva Suckoo, stated a press release from the Office of the Premier.

The dinner also enables the premier to provide an update about the state of affairs in the Cayman Islands and the recent Joint Ministerial Council meetings with the UK Government.

“This was the largest networking reception and dinner that we have hosted in London with a turnout of 215 people,” said McLaughlin, in the press release. “We are delighted to have been able to share Cayman news and update our friends and associates. The dinner also serves as a vital time to thank and keep close ties with political and business partners.”

Among those also in attendance were Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon; Governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth; former governors John Owen, Duncan Taylor and Bruce Dinwiddy; Director of the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign Office, and Cayman APPG members Lord Naseby and Sir Graham Brady. Also at the dinner were Caymanians living in the UK and students there who are members of Cayman Connection UK.

Eric Bush, Cayman Islands Representative in the UK, said of the dinner, “It was an honour to organise the largest event of its kind for Cayman in the UK and a fitting time to say my regards and farewells to those I have worked so closely with over the last two and a half years.

“It is extremely important for the Cayman Islands Government in the UK to develop and retain relations with a cross-section of public, private and political partners, and this is our opportunity to harness and foster these relationships.”

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