Chief Minister Victor Banks with his delegation comprising (from left): Freddie Blunt, Nicholas Opfermann, Fritz Smith, Charlie Wheeler, Blondel Cluff and Jose Vanterpool.
ANGUILLA–Following his recent visit to Anguilla, Lord Ahmad met Chief Minister Victor Banks and his delegation in London. The group included Sherpa Fritz Smith, Jose Vanterpool, Blondel Cluff, Charlie Wheeler and colleagues from the West India Committee, Freddie Blunt and Nicholas Opfermann.
Lord Ahmad said that he found his recent visit to Anguilla productive, informative and constructive, and was “blown away by the children of Anguilla,” whom he referred to as extremely bright. He noted the dedication and hard work of the teaching profession on the island, and that of various other sectors he had visited. He also remarked on the evident hard work that the citizens of Anguilla had undertaken in progressing with the recovery of the island since Hurricane Irma.
The meeting that was described as cordial also included Governor Tim Foy, who will be accompanying the Chief Minister during the Joint Ministerial Council. Lord Ahmad informed the meeting that he had reported his favourable findings on Anguilla to the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister. The meeting demonstrated a clear accord to proceed in a constructive collaboration, and noted the issues relating to Anguilla’s French and Dutch borders, and the desire to develop a licensed fishing regime for Anguilla as a means of diversifying its economy.
Chief Minister Banks and team also had a meeting on Wednesday with Jason Blick of the Chord Group, who is interested in setting up an Economic Exclusion Zone in Anguilla, and with Brandon Bakshi who is interested in operating a business in Anguilla.
In the evening the Chief Minister and Blondel Cluff attended a reception for the leaders of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories hosted by Lord Ahmad.
The Joint Ministerial Council Meetings begin today, Thursday, June 14.