According a release from the Government, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and the country’s High Commissioner to the London, Mr. Kevin Isaac are meeting Tuesday, (19th April), and Wednesday, (20th April,) with senior government officials in Jersey, which is a British Crown Dependency, off the coast of Normandy, France.
While there the St. Kitts & Nevis delegation are expected to hold talks with representatives from the government as well as the Jersey Financial Services Commission and Jersey Finance.
The Communications Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, (CUOPM), confirmed in a release statement that Dr. Douglas is discussing financial regulation and looking at how both jurisdictions are dealing with the global financial downturn.
Also on the agenda for discussion, said the CUOPM release, will be inward investment, tourism and agriculture.
Jersey is the largest and most popular of the Channel Islands and is a leading tourist destination and financial center, explained the CUOPM statement.
It is reported that the Assistant Chief Minister of Jersey, Sen. Freddie Cohen said he is “very much looking forward to welcoming the prime minister and high commissioner.
The Assistant Chief Minister indicated that his government is delighted about the possibilities of assisting St. Kitts and Nevis, given Jersey’s experience in areas such as tourism, agriculture and financial regulation. He said that they are hopeful that their efforts could help the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to develop in these areas.”
Jersey is a separate possession of the British Crown and is not part of the United Kingdom although the UK is constitutionally responsible for its defense.