24 December 2012
Jersey’s and Guernsey’s Treasury Ministers have confirmed that Ministers and their senior officials will meet again on 14 January 2013 to further develop their strategic working relationship.
Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, and Assistant Treasury Minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, recently visited Guernsey to meet their counterparts, Treasury Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, and Deputy Treasury Minister, Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher. Together with their respective teams, the Ministers discussed how the Islands could work together to save money and improve efficiency.
In January, Ministers will review progress on ideas discussed at the initial meetings, and will go on to agree how to progress and strengthen the relationship between the Islands’ Treasuries. Some of the specific areas under discussion include: pension reviews; shareholder resources; leaner working; joint bargaining power on key contracts; internal audit; and the scope for a CI energy policy.
Senator Ozouf said “There are a number of domestic and international challenges that both Islands are facing and by developing strong Treasury relationships we can not only learn from each other but also improve efficiency and continue to make savings by working together.”
Deputy St Pier commented "There is great deal we can achieve working together to make savings and deliver efficiencies. The two departments have established an excellent working relationship over the past few months, both politically and at officer level. We are looking at how we can improve our current and ongoing activity through joint working, and moreover how we can work together to meet the common challenges we will face in the future. Philip and I are committed to finding ways to work together, and sharing ideas, best practice and resource, and our teams are already working on delivering this."