Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK has today, Friday 10 November 2017, led a senior delegation from the Isle of Man Government attending the 29th British-Irish Council Summit in Jersey.
Mr Quayle and Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, took part in high-level discussions on a range of issues, including the global economy, Brexit and political developments in member jurisdictions.
Ministers attending the summit in St Brelade’s Bay also considered the work taking place to promote and grow the creative industries sector.
The BIC, established under the terms of the Good Friday peace agreement, is the only international forum comprising the governments of the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. It plays an important role in developing positive links between member jurisdictions and provides a platform for consultation and co-operation.
As well as contributing to the Summit’s main agenda, the Chief Minister held discussions with Ireland’s new Taoiseach, Leo Varadker, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, and First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.
The Isle of Man delegation also took part in a trilateral meeting with their counterparts from Jersey and Guernsey.
The Chief Minister said:
‘The British-Irish Council continues to be a valuable forum for the Isle of Man. It allows us to take our place alongside the governments of our neighbouring islands and discuss common issues at the very highest level.’
‘In light of recent media scrutiny, the BIC summit provided a timely opportunity for me to reinforce the Isle of Man’s position as well-regulated, responsible and transparent international business centre. I was able to highlight the Island’s value to the global economy and to promote our strong track record of compliance with international standards.’
The Chief Minister took his place at the BIC Summit alongside the political leaders of other sovereign governments, devolved administrations and crown dependencies, joining delegations headed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadker (Ireland), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire (UK), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Scotland), Chief Minister Ian Gorst (Jersey) and Chief Minister Gavin St Pier (Guernsey).
In addition to assessing the current economic situation, Council discussed efforts to nurture the creative industries.
Minister Skelly said:
‘The Isle of Man Government is committed to supporting the continued growth of the creative industries. Many sectors are already flourishing and we recognise the potential for further development and the creation of new jobs. It was good to share our experiences and to gain a first-hand insight into ideas that are working well in other countries.’