ANGUILLA–Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for the Overseas Territories, included two British Chamber of Commerce representatives in his travel contingent during his visit to Anguilla. On Monday, May 28, Ahmad along with John Bowers and Pauline Wade of the British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce met with the President of Anguilla’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACOCI), Desron Bynoe and other members, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to encourage and invigorate business partnerships between the UK and Anguilla.
Banks added that he was very happy to have Lord Ahmad come to Anguilla to see for himself what Anguilla had to offer. He said, “Anguilla’s Chamber of Commerce is a strong entity which has the confidence of the private sector. It has always wanted more British involvement and this is an important time to strengthen our ties with the UK in anticipation of upcoming Brexit arrangements.”
Bynoe said, “The signing of the MOU represents a cooperation between the two chambers for mutual growth and benefit for both Anguillians and UK economies in the areas of tourism, culture, renewable energy and investment opportunities, to name a few, serving as a catalyst for advancement of Anguilla/UK relations.” Wade, Deputy Chief Executive of the British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce congratulated the ACOCI for their timely efficiency in assisting with the creating of the MOU, and added, “This partnership will open up a network of 95,000 British companies that are members of the chambers throughout the UK. We will be led by you as to what sectors your country would like to pursue and will share technical expertise with you. We look forward to a very positive relationship with ACOCI.”