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Government Opens the Cayman Islands’ First US-based Office

Government 31 Jan, 2023 Follow News

(From left) His Excellency the Governor, Mr Martyn Roper; Minister of Financial Services and Commerce, the Hon. Andre Ebanks, and the Cayman Islands Government’s representative for the US and Canada, Mr Chris Duggan.

The Cayman Islands Government’s representative for the US and Canada, Mr Chris Duggan (centre) speaks during the 26 January reception at The City Tavern in Washington, DC, to commemorate the official

The Cayman Islands Government’s representative for the US and Canada, Mr Chris Duggan (centre), and his wife, Mrs Dee Duggan, speaks with Jeff Munk of Munk Policy and Law at the Cayman Islands Governm

(From left) Niaz Khan, CEO for Asia Pacific and the Cayman Islands for Waystone; Minister of Financial Services and Commerce, the Hon. Andre Ebanks; and His Excellency the Governor, Mr Martyn Roper, a

Marking a historic moment, the Cayman Islands Government’s office in Washington, DC, was opened officially on Thursday, 26 January, by the Ministry of Financial Services and Commerce.

Approximately 60 persons, including officials from fellow Caribbean countries, representatives from the British Embassy, former members of US Congress, DC industry stakeholders, as well as visiting Cayman Islands industry stakeholders commemorated the occasion during a reception at The City Tavern Club in George Town, Washington, DC.

For the Cayman Islands, His Excellency the Governor, Mr Martyn Roper; and Minister of Financial Services and Commerce, the Hon. André Ebanks, spoke during the event. Government’s representative for the US and Canada, Mr Chris Duggan, hosted the reception.

Noting the significance of the opening, the Governor noted that the UK fully supports the office and its remit. Speaking after the event, he also noted that plans for the remaining two locations, to cover the EU and Asia, are progressing well, also with the UK’s support.

Minister Ebanks, himself the former London-based Government representative for the UK and Europe, wished Mr Duggan all the best. He underscored that the representative’s role affords greater opportunities for providing the true and accurate record of the Cayman Islands to US elected officials, department staff, industry representatives and media.

Like the remit of Government’s long-established representative’s office in the UK, the representatives in the three new offices will cover all of Government. While Mr Duggan covers the US and Canada, Ms Deborah Bodden is Government’s representative for the EU; and Mr Gene DaCosta is Government’s representative for financial services in the UK/EU, and in Asia. Government’s representative for the UK is Dr Tasha Ebanks-Garcia.

As part of the DC office opening programme, Mr Duggan, Mr DaCosta and the Ministry’s Chief Officer Dr Dax Basdeo accompanied Minister Ebanks to meetings with stakeholders including senior staff of US elected officials and industry stakeholders Mr. Duggan was appointed to the post in 2021. After completing the required US protocols, the office was officially launched on 26 January 2023. The office is located at 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC.

“The process for establishing an office in an overseas jurisdiction requires a number of approvals,” Minister Ebanks explained. “Among others, the Cayman Islands Government thanks the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, through the British Embassy in Washington, DC; the US State Department; and our own Ministry of District Administration and Lands, which approved the DC office location in accordance with Government policy.”

The official opening of the DC office followed the Cayman Finance Breakfast Briefing and a reinsurance roundtable, both of which took place on Tuesday, 24 January.


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