Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Annual OTCC Meeting to be Held in London

During the Overseas Territories Consultative Council (OTCC) meeting, which is held annually in London since 1999, and this year will be held on 23-24 November, the UK government will discuss new strategy for its Overseas Territories.

The meeting will be hosted by Henry Bellingham, Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories. It will be visited by premiers, chief ministers and elected representatives from UK Overseas Territories. There will also be ministers from the Departments for International Development; Transport; Environment; Energy and Climate Change; the Treasury; Home Office; Ministry of Defence; Culture, Media and Sport; and Business, Innovation and Skills.

Speaking on the event, Bellingham said: “I look forward to discussing with Territory leaders their ideas for the development of our partnership which will help us develop our thinking for the White Paper on the Overseas Territories that we intend to publish next year."

During the OTCC meeting, the leaders and elected representatives will attend a reception hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and will have bilateral meetings with Bellingham. From the British Virgin Islands, the OTCC meeting will be attended by the newly elected Premier Dr Orlando Smith.

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