Government of Jersey to Host Visiting Dignitaries

Monday 8 May 16:00

The Government of Jersey is to host two foreign dignitaries during Liberation week, who will be offered the opportunity to meet with members of the Council of Ministers, the Jersey Financial Services Commission and Jersey Finance; as well as touring some of the Island’s unique heritage sites.

The Austrian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Martin Eichtinger, will visit Jersey on Monday 8th May. Dr Eichtinger has served as Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom since 2015, having previously held senior Ambassadorial and official roles within the Austrian government. His visit forms part of the ongoing engagement between the Government of Jersey and its European partners. Ministers will use the opportunity to understand how the Island can further develop relations with Austria, who will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between July and December 2018. The Ambassador will also be given a guided tour of the Jersey War Tunnels which includes a reflection on the Liberation and Jersey and Austria’s positive relationship across the past 70 years.

The Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley, will arrive in the Island on the evening of Liberation Day, before attending a formal dinner hosted by the Bailiff. In meetings the following day the Lord Mayor, who is head of the City of London Corporation, will be able to discuss with Ministers and officials the strong links between the Island’s financial services industry and the City, and the value of ongoing cooperation between the two. He will also be provided with an update on the Island’s Brexit preparations. The Lord Mayor will complete his visit with a tour of the newly opened Building 1 at the Jersey International Finance Centre.

The Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, said “I am delighted that His Excellency the Austrian Ambassador and the Lord Mayor of London are both to visit the Island this week. The Government of Jersey welcome the opportunity to engage proactively with our partners in the United Kingdom and Europe, and to demonstrate value of the Island as a trading partner and source of investment.  I hope that both have an informative and enjoyable time in the Island and leave able to convey a positive message about the welcome they received and with the desire for a strengthened ongoing relationship with Jersey.”

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