Chief Minister Meets with Finance Ministers of Bahrain and Rwanda in Washington

Thursday 12 October 12:14

The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, has held bilateral meetings with the Finance Ministers of Rwanda and of Bahrain in Washington DC.

Senator Gorst is visiting the US capital to attend the IMF and World Bank Group annual meetings - a high-profile gathering that brings together political and business leaders from around the world.

The Chief Minister held a breakfast meeting with the Finance Minister of Rwanda, Ambassador Claver Gatete, and the Rwandan Ambassador to the United States, Mathilde Mukantabana. The Ministers discussed the programme of ongoing cooperation, which was enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding between Jersey and Rwanda signed in 2016.

Senator Gorst commented: “I was delighted to again meet with Minister Gatete and to review the progress that is being made in enhancing cooperation between Jersey and Rwanda. In 2016 this has included the completion of two secondments to Jersey by Rwandan government officials for capacity building in the areas of conservation – hosted by Durrell as part of its world-class DESMAN wildlife conservation programme – and financial services, where the JFSC hosted a member of the National Bank of Rwanda to learn about Jersey’s internationally-recognised regulatory regime.”

The Chief Minister has also met with His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa, who has been Minister of Finance in the Kingdom of Bahrain since January 2005. Minister Al Khalifa is also a member of the Development Committee of the World Bank Group and IMF.

Jersey and Bahrain have a long-standing relationship and the Chief Minister will be making an official visit to Bahrain later this year to enhance Jersey’s commercial and political links with the Kingdom.

Senator Gorst commented: “We place great importance on the Island’s positive relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain, and I was pleased to be able to meet with His Excellency to discuss future opportunities for partnership between our jurisdictions.”

Yesterday evening Senator Gorst attended the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Reception, hosted by the Minister of Finance of Canada, The Hon Bill Morneau PC MP, at the invitation of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Honourable Patricia Scotland, QC. The event is a formal prelude to the meeting of Commonwealth Finance Ministers on Thursday 12 October, where the Chief Minister will represent Jersey as part of the British delegation.

Commenting on the significance of Jersey’s representation at the Commonwealth event, the Chief Minister said: “Jersey was represented for several years at the IMF, World Bank and Commonwealth meetings by Senator Ozouf in his former role as Assistant Chief Minister. The strong groundwork he laid has enabled us to be involved in the crucial meetings, and I am delighted to be able to represent Jersey this year.”

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