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Jersey delegation attends British Irish Council

11 November 2022

​The Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore, and Chief Executive Suzanne Wylie represented Jersey at the British-Irish Council (BIC) Summit in Blackpool from Thursday 10 – Friday 11 November. 

The 38 th Summit meeting was hosted by the Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, Michael Gove MP, and brought together the representatives of BIC member administrations, including the Irish Government; UK Government; Scottish Government; Northern Ireland Executive; Welsh Government; Isle of Man Government; and the Governments of Jersey & Guernsey. The summit was also attended by Rishi Sunak, the first time a British PM has been to BIC since 2007. 

The theme of the summit was sustainable growth and regeneration. 

After the summit, the Chief Minister, Deputy Kristina Moore said:

“This was my second summit representing Jersey, following on from the Summit held by our Guernsey colleagues in July of this year. This year’s theme - sustainable growth and regeneration – is topical and of particular significance to Jersey. 

“As a government we continue to advance and develop our Carbon Neutral Roadmap. We are focused on facilitating sustainable growth by ensuring our key sources of emissions – transport and buildings – are minimised. It was insightful to hear how other member jurisdictions are tackling what is a shared challenge, and how Jersey can learn from their successes moving forward with a focus on resilience we remain committed to making Jersey a welcoming community for all. 

“The British Irish Council remains an important forum that brings together member administrations to discuss, and address, the challenges facing us all. I thank the Minister for hosting and UK government for their hospitality, and look forward to hosting the summer summit in Jersey next year to further strengthen our relationships with all Council members". 

The Chief Executive, Suzanne Wylie, said: 

“It was great to experience the work of the British Irish Council firsthand again, following on from the Summit in July. It is crucial Jersey continues to maintain representation at what is an important international forum, one that brings together some of our closest partners to tackle the biggest challenges of our time.

“With COP27 underway right now, the theme – sustainable growth and regeneration – was timely and helped to illustrate that the challenges Jersey faces in the months and years ahead are universal. BIC provides us with a regular opportunity to work closely with colleagues in the UK, Ireland, and the Crown Dependencies across a wide range of work sectors”

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