Bermuda Elected New Chairman Of UKOTA

February 3, 2013

The Cabinet Office announced today that at the Annual General Meeting of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association [UKOTA] in London last Thursday [Jan 31] Bermuda – through its UK representative and London Office Director Kimberley Durrant – was elected to the role of Chairman of UKOTA.

This is the first time Bermuda has held this position among its fellow Overseas Territories.

In accordance with the UKOTA Constitution the Premier of Bermuda, Craig Cannonier, will assume the position as President of the Political Council. The Political Council is the highest body of the Association which consists of Leaders or Representatives of each Member Government.

Premier Cannonier said, “I am delighted with the regard in which Bermuda is held within UKOTA. There are many areas of mutual interest in which we can share knowledge and experience to our collective benefit.

“I look forward to my tenure as President of the Political Council and in particular how it seeks to shape the nature of engagement with the United Kingdom Government in matters of importance to the OTs.”

Ms. Durrant added, “UKOTA takes pride to ensure that each Territory has an equal representation regardless of differences in size of population, economy, constitutional structure, priorities, needs and aid requirements.

“I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Chairman and to have gained the respect and confidence of my fellow colleagues and Governments of the Overseas Territories.”

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  1. Argosy says:

    Maybe the ".....aid requirements" can be stretched to getting London to put pressure on the US to take the Uighurs back!

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  2. O.B. says:

    Things just keep getting better. A change of government really renewed hope for our island. This is the change the people of Bermuda needed...and Parliament has even reconvened yet!

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    • Time Shall Tell says:

      If you followed it this has been in consideration for some time now it was just a formality as to what t call it. This is 100% to our location & not the present government, if you research as to the reason this came to be you would understand this.

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    • Judge Dredd says:

      That feeling of getting better is the last stage of suffocation as the monarchy tightens it's grip around our subordinate necks.

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  3. Alex James says:

    Can someone explain what importance this organization plays in Bermuda's Affairs, if any?

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    • Amazed says:

      Very good point as I have no idea what they do either. It is hard to be excited about something I know little about.

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  4. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Cannon Airs inaugural speech to that august body will begin with the customary ..Ummum , Ummum Ahhh ..

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  5. Islander says:

    Congratulations Ms. Durrant and Premier Cannonier - most definitely our God is moving.

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