First official visit to Africa by a Chief Minister of Jersey

Wednesday 1 March 08:38

First official visit to Africa by a Chief Minister of Jersey emphasises growing value of Jersey’s relationships in high-growth African economies.

The Government’s commitment to broadening and deepening Jersey’s relationships with African partners will be highlighted by the visit of the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, at the start of March.

The Chief Minister will visit three countries that have been identified as priority partners -  South Africa, Kenya, and Rwanda - and will undertake a full schedule of meetings and events from 1-6 March 2017. The programme, which marks the first official visit to Africa by a Chief Minister of Jersey, forms part of Jersey’s ongoing efforts to grow relationships and increase trade with key emerging markets.

The visit will deliver important commercial, legal and political objectives – reflecting Jersey’s growing cooperation with partners in Africa. As well as engaging in Ministerial meetings on areas of mutual interest, the Chief Minister’s visit will include: meetings with senior representatives of major South African financial institutions with a significant presence in Jersey; discussions with the Government of Kenya on repatriating confiscated criminal assets for the purpose of benefitting the people of Kenya, and ongoing engagement on the delivery of a wide-ranging MOU with Rwanda; this will include observing ongoing Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) projects in the country.

Senator Gorst commented “Jersey has developed valuable relationships with many African nations, a number of whom have established professional services businesses and banks in the Island, making a meaningful contribution to the jobs and growth agenda. Jersey is also a significant source of high-quality capital that is essential to meeting Africa’s investment needs and long-term development.

We also have strong charitable links through the fantastic work of Jersey Overseas Aid which is assisting in the transformation of Rwanda’s dairy industry, in partnership with the RJA&HS and the charity ‘Send a Cow’.

I am confident that this first official visit will produce valuable outcomes for the Island and strengthen relationships that are beneficial to Jersey and our partners in Africa.”  

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