The Premier, Hon Alden McLaughlin and the Cayman delegation in the UK including Hon Tara Rivers, Hon Joseph Hew, Leader of the Opposition Hon Ezzard Miller, Attorney General Hon Samuel Bulgin and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, MLA Alva Suckoo gathered with over 200 friends and associates at the Institute of Directors in London for the Annual Premier’s dinner on Thursday.
The event is an opportunity to network and thank business and political partners, associates and friends who have taken an interest in, or have worked with, the Cayman Islands Government in the UK throughout the year. It is also a valuable opportunity to update an engaged audience about current state of affairs in the Cayman Islands and update the audience on the recent JMC meetings with the UK Government.
Also in attendance was Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahamd of Wimbledon, His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Roper, Former Governors Owen, Taylor and Dinwiddy, Director of the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign Office, and Cayman APPG members Lord Naseby, Sir Graham Brady, among others.
Business partners including members of Friends of Cayman, the Nth Degree dining club as well as persons from cultural partnerships made throughout the year, Caymanians living in the UK and Caymanian students studying in the UK who are members of the network Cayman Connection UK (CCUK) were also invited and in attendance.
The Premier said of the event “This was the largest networking reception and dinner that we have hosted in London with a turn out of 215 people, we are delighted to have been able to share Cayman news and updates with our friends and associates and it is a vital time to thank and keep close ties with political and business partners.”
Cayman Islands Representative in the UK, Eric Bush commented “It was an honour to organise the largest event of its kind for Cayman in the UK and a fitting time to say my regards and farewells to those I have worked so closely with over the last two and a half years. It is extremely important for the Cayman Islands Government in the UK to develop and retain relations with a cross section of public, private and political partners, and this is our opportunity to harness and foster these relationships.”