29 March 2018
A delegation led by the President of Alderney, Mr Stuart Trought, visited Jersey on Monday and Tuesday of this week (26th and 27th March 2018) to discuss opportunities for closer working between the two Islands, as part of wider efforts to improve cross-Channel Island cooperation.
The delegation, which included the Chairs of the Policy and Finance and General Services Committees, and the Head of Tourism, met with the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, to discuss matters of mutual interest including both Islands’ approach to Brexit.
Important areas for future cooperation including strengthened aviation links and tourism promotion were discussed with the Minister for Economic Development, Senator Lyndon Farnham. The delegation also had the opportunity to visit the Digital Jersey Hub and meet with several of the small digital business owners who have established their operations in the Island.
The visit allowed the recently appointed Chief Executives of the States of Jersey, Charlie Parker and Alderney, Andrew Muter, to meet and discuss a range of opportunities for cooperation including increased knowledge sharing across the Channel Islands’ civil services.
Mr Trought said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Senator Gorst and his Ministerial colleagues to discuss the viable opportunities for increased cooperation between Alderney and Jersey. The Channel Islands as a whole have a very positive message to deliver, one which we can develop to increase inward investment and build our joint visitor economy.”
Senator Gorst commented: “I was delighted to meet with the President of Alderney and his colleagues to explore some of the opportunities from which our two Islands can benefit. Despite differences in population size there are very real synergies between the Islands and we have identified some concrete ways we can work better together in future. I look forward to these initiatives benefiting the Channel Islands as a whole.”