Some recent comments
E.George (British Virgin Islands) commented:
“The high cost of food due to the lack of local food grown here… More industries so people can have more choices of jobs or career choices demanding higher pay… Social Welfare: the less fortunate and elderly needs assistance…
Also, the roads needs better engineering and possibility of a housing department so the high cost of rent can be challenge by more residents owning they home on a rent-to-own term or mortgage.”
Corey Cross (Bermuda) commented:
“We need assistance from the UK government in seeking ways to diversify our local economies. Perhaps the UK government could assist with ideas of how they could become a direct partner/investor in some new industries based in their overseas territories. Surely there is something unique that the overseas territories could provide the the U.K. would be interested in buying.”
Tracey Thomas (St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) commented:
“Health care, worsening infrastructure issues, high (increased) cost of living, low wages compared to cost of living.”
John Phillips (Turks & Caicos Islands) commented:
“Having recently encountered a major political upheaval and in the process of trying to re-establish the principals of good governance we have seen the damage which can be done when the civil service ceases to function properly.”
Robert Midwinter (St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) commented:
“I feel that we have come a long way in the past few years but that there is also still a long and difficult road ahead of us.”
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About the Overseas Territories
Introduction by the Minister for the Overseas Territories, Henry Bellingham MP
“Since we came to Office in May 2010, this Government has worked hard to re-invigorate the UK’s relationship with the Overseas Territories. This consultation is an important part of that approach as we move toward a new White Paper on the Overseas Territories next year.
There are many people and groups who have an interest in the future of the Overseas Territories and can provide us with insight into how to develop the UK’s relationship with them. I look forward to receiving ideas.”
You can respond:
- online, by leaving a public comment on this site under any or all of the questions (comments will be checked against our moderation policy before publication);
- by private email to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London;
- by post
Launch of the consultation
27 September 2011: Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham visits Bermuda to launch consultation with people and leaders of the Overseas Territories
Download the questions
- 1. Challenges
- 2. Cooperation with the UK
- 3. Governance, financial management and economic planning
- 4. External support
- 5. Cooperation between Territories
- 6. Global profile of the Territories
- Additional comments
The Foreign Secretary made an announcement to Parliament on 14 September 2011 setting out the UK Government’s strategy towards the Overseas Territories. This focused on three policy goals:
- to strengthen the engagement and interaction between the UK and the Territories
- to work with Territories to strengthen good governance arrangements, public financial management and economic planning where this is necessary; and
- to improve the quality and range of support available to the Territories.
The Government is keen to gather views on how best to realise these goals in each Territory and invites, in particular, responses to six key questions.
The public consultation is now closed.
All the responses received will be studied and will help inform the Government’s strategy for the Overseas Territories as we prepare for the publication of a new White Paper in 2012, which will set out in detail this Government’s approach to the Overseas Territories.
For future information about the Territories, please visit our FCO website on working with the Overseas Territories.
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