Cayman to host EU talks

| 24/11/2008

(CNS):  The relationship between the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) and the European Union will be under the spot light this week when the Cayman Islands hosts the Seventh Annual OCTA Forum. Trade, environment, capacity building and the 10th European Development Fund programme are all on the agenda.

The Cayman Islands is a Member of the Executive Committee and is the Association’s 2008 Ministerial Chairman hence the meeting will take place on Wednesday 26 November at the Westin Casuarina Hotel through till Friday 28 November. The Leader of Govrnment Business said that there will also be trilateral meetings between the administering entities: the European Commission, Member States UK, Denmark, France and the Netherlands and the OCTs.  Over 20 countries will be represented at these meetings, all meeting logistics being funded in full by the European Commission.

Representatives include Heads of Government of the countries involved and  the Commission’s Directorate General for Development Stefano Manservisi.

All representatives from the OCTs including from the Member States and the European Commission are to be welcomed to the Cayman Islands at the Welcome Reception and Dinner at Pedro St James on Wednesday 26 November.


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