Following a recent recruitment process, the Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs (MITIAMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tasha Ebanks Garcia to represent the Cayman Islands Government (CIG) in the United Kingdom (UK).
The UK representative leads the Cayman Islands Government Office based in London and oversees the staff cohort. The office serves numerous functions to advance the interests of the Government and people of the Cayman Islands. These include representational duties such as facilitating interactions with elected leaders via Cayman's All Party Parliamentary Group, and representing the Cayman Islands within the UK Overseas Territories Association; promoting investment in the Cayman Islands; fostering understanding of Cayman's unique economy, heritage and culture; aiding CIG Ministries with external affairs in the UK, and providing services to Caymanians overseas (primarily students).
Congratulating Dr. Ebanks-Garcia on her appointment, MITIAMA Chief Officer Eric Bush stated:
The United Kingdom continues to navigate through the turbulent waters of Brexit and rejuvenate "Global Britain". As a result, there are many opportunities for all British Overseas Territories. The Cayman Islands Representative and the Government Office in London will continue to be of utmost strategic importance to continue developing alliances and relationships in the UK as well as with the 54 nations of the Commonwealth - activities that create unique opportunities for Cayman's people and businesses. Dr. Tasha Ebanks Garcia is a highly qualified, experienced and capable Caymanian, in whom I have every confidence. She will be a fantastic Representative for Cayman.
Commenting on accepting the position of Cayman Islands Government Representative to the UK, Dr. Ebanks Garcia observed:
As a multigenerational Caymanian, and a former Miss Cayman Islands, I look forward to representing the Cayman Islands overseas, not just as a civil servant, but as a member of our community. Undoubtedly Cayman faces numerous challenges, but also has a myriad of possibilities through developing through closer ties with the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. In that context, I truly am honored to represent my country and my Government.
New Cayman Islands Government offices are being established in North America, Europe, and Hong Kong this year. Announcements of the appointments for Representatives, Deputy Representatives and progress on the opening of these offices will be made in due course.
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