UK Cayman minister to travel to Grand Cayman tomorrow

Amanda Milling, a foreigner from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister Responsible for the Cayman Islands and Other Overseas Territories will visit Cayman for the first time this week.

Arriving on the evening of Wednesday January 26, the Minister will meet a wide variety of people during a three-day visit, including the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet, the Leader of the Opposition and high-level speakers working in government, industry and civil society.

His Excellency the Governor said:

I am delighted to welcome Minister Milling to Cayman Islands – her first visit to an overseas territory since her appointment on September 15 last year. Due to COVID, this is the first in-person ministerial visit to the UK in over two years. These visits allow us to deepen relations and mutual understanding. This will strengthen our already strong relationship. I am sure we will be able to give the Minister a very favorable impression of our wonderful islands and our community.

Prior to the visit, Minister Milling said: The UK and its overseas territories have a deep and special connection. So I’m very happy to be visiting the Cayman Islands this week. The UK and the Cayman Islands have a very strong relationship based on mutual trust and respect. I look forward to following the actions of the successful Joint Ministerial Council held last November and seeing first hand how the Cayman Islands has responded to the pandemic. I want to deepen our partnership.

Premier Wayne Panton said the Cayman Islands are proud that Minister Milling has chosen to visit his home country.

“Minister Milling is responsible for all British Overseas Territories and has chosen the Cayman Islands for her visit to the region. We look forward to discussing with her how the UK government can work with the Cayman Islands government to further strengthen our relationship with the UK for the benefit of our country and our people.

A busy program has been concocted for the minister. She will hear first-hand about Cayman’s COVID response, including the country’s impressive vaccine rollout and our ability to detect variants of concern.

She will meet various Caymanian youth groups and learn how they are working to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the Cayman Low Islands and the importance of protecting our biodiversity. During a visit to Little Cayman, she will see the Department of Environment’s work to conserve native species, control invasive species and deal with the disease impact of loss of stony coral tissue. The Minister will also visit the Central Caribbean Marine Institute Field Station and hear about their coral restoration efforts.

Visits to meet with members of the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, the Cayman Islands Regiment and the Cayman Islands Police Service Air Operations Unit are also on the schedule to see how these organizations play their role in security and the protection of the Cayman Islands.

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