Premier, the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier JP,MP; H.E. Boyd McCleary, Governor of BVI and Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar taken at the BVI Government House. *Photo supplied
Premier, the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier JP,MP; H.E. Boyd McCleary, Governor of BVI and Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar taken at the BVI Government House. *Photo supplied

At the invitation of the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the Hon. Orlando Smith, Premier the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP today met with the Premier Smith and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, in Tortola to discuss the benefits of greater cooperation of the British Overseas Territories for the mutual benefit of all. 

Building on the first meeting of the Heads of Government of the British Overseas Territories in September, 2013 which took place outside of the annual Joint Ministerial Council meetings in the UK, the leaders will now encourage their fellow Heads of Government to meet regularly to pursue matters of mutual interest and cooperation.

Premier Cannonier said : “Our talks were fruitful. We, (the Heads of Government) all recognize that the British Overseas Territories have much to offer each other and the world. Bermuda leads in insurance, BVI leads in company registrations, Gibraltar leads in online gaming, Cayman leads in Hedge Funds, and the Falkland Islands have significant oil reserves. We are confident that these leadership positions will enable us to work together from a position of strength.”

While in the British Virgin Islands, the Premier will also take part in a panel discussion at the annual BVI Business Outlook Conference tomorrow.

The Conference theme is : Change is in our DNA: Taking our Game to the Next Level. The 175 conference attendees will include leaders of business and government .

Premier Cannonier is accompanied by Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Derrick Binns and returns to Bermuda on Saturday, 18th January.