Ebanks leads Cayman at JMC in London

| 16/11/2021 | 24 Comments
Cayman News Service
Attendees at JMC, with UK Minister Amanda Milling centre and Cayman’s Andre Ebanks far right

(CNS): Financial Services Minister Andre Ebanks is heading the Cayman Islands delegation at this year’s Joint Ministerial Council between the UK overseas territories and the UK government, which is now underway in London. The premier opted to miss out on the JMC in order to attend COP26 in Scotland earlier this month, leaving Ebanks to head up talks with the British on Cayman’s behalf on issues relating to the UKOT relationship.

While financials services will play a key part in those talks, according to Governor Martyn Roper’s social media pages, the first items on the agenda are climate change, oceans and environment.

Roper, who said he is in London for the talks, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had sent an introductory video message to the JMC, but it was Amanda Milling, the new minister with responsibility for the UKOTs, who welcomed the delegations from the territories. On Tuesday the minister, who was appointed to the job in September, said she was delighted to open this year’s council, the first in-person since 2018.

“The Overseas Territories are an integral part of the British family. I look forward to our discussions in the days ahead,” she said. 

Roper said in his post, “Minister Ebanks highlighted the Commonwealth Growth Fund (Cayman) as a major contribution to raising private sector climate finance for the region and Commonwealth for investment in blue/green projects.”

He said that strengthening cooperation between the UKOTs and the UK as follow up to COP26 at Glasgow was “a key theme”. Health/Covid, economic partnership, law enforcement and broader relationship on agenda later. My role is . Also having useful meetings in margins to advance strong Cayman/UK relationship.

Health and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as economic partnership, law enforcement and the broader relationship with the UK is also on the agenda this week. The governor said he was there as an “observer with other Governors” but he would also be having useful meetings in the margins to advance the Cayman-UK relationship.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    i know Andre, he’s a good guy and knows his stuff

  2. Anonymous says:

    well at least we are sending someone who knows what he is doing! good to see Andre on the international stage again.

  3. Frequent Lyers says:

    Who else was in the “delegation” apart from the latest “Air Miles”, Andre, and the Gov?.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Given how important the UK has been in our covid recovery – especially providing free vaccines – its even more important to maintain a strong relationship. Well done.

    • Anonymous says:

      Always keep a good relationship with Mother in London.

      Never know when we will need Mommy’s help.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tax cheating facilitators. Must be proud of themselves. 😂

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s hardly tax cheating when you apply the that tax laws actually apply in these onshore jurisdictions. Cayman and the other BOTCs don’t write the tax laws in the States and Europe that allow the sheltering of tax gains offshore – that’s entirely down to those countries.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Crime control should be higher on the agenda since the UK is responsible for it and doing a bad job.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I suspect MP Andre Ebanks will be representing Cayman a lot at other high-level overseas meetings…not only those directly related to his portfolio.

    Hmmm…I’d say Wayne is a bit shorthanded with “good help” to send out in public!

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe that at least two cabinet members aren’t even allowed in the US. If that’s so, then Cayman should hang its head in shame for voting them in.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Stop scaring me CNS. I had forgotten about Andre (probably because he hasn’t said anything for 6 months) and thought Wayne had sent Jay.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Waste of time

  10. Anonymous says:

    This must piss the PPM off as they were so anti-environment.

    It might be a little too late but finally we have a government that gives two shits about saving what little is left of Cayman’s environment for us.

    This Government needs to put some serious laws in place now not only to protect our beaches but our wetlands as well.

    We have paved paradise and didn’t even bother to build a parking lot.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wasting tax money

  12. Orrie Merren says:

    Best with everything, Andre.

  13. Anonymous says:

    These environmentalists seem to fly around the world a lot.

  14. Anonymous says:

    “Essential travel”? Hardly.

    • Anonymous says:

      The flights to U.K. are commercial. No need for ‘essential’ excuse to board a repatriation flights (Hint – there are no such flights anymore).

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