Foreign Office invites public views on Overseas Territories strategy
The Foreign Office has launched a consultation on a new strategy for the Overseas Territories.
The strategy aims to:
¢ strengthen the engagement and interaction between the UK and the Territories.
¢ work with Territories to strengthen good governance arrangements, public financial management and economic planning where this is necessary; and
¢ improve the quality and range of support available to the Territories.
The consultation, which will run until 31 December 2011, will seek views from people in the Overseas Territories and the UK on implementing the goals of the strategy.
Comments and responses can be made online, through email or by post. These will help inform the strategy as the Government prepares for the publication of a new White Paper in 2012, which will set out in detail this Government™s approach to the Overseas Territories.
Speaking before the launch of the consultation, Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham said:
œSince 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 their ideas.
The UK Government™s overall vision is for the Overseas Territories to be vibrant and flourishing communities, proudly retaining aspects of their British identity and generating wider opportunities for their people.
You can take part in the consultation by the following means:
¢ Online, by leaving a public comment on this site under any or all of the questions (comments will be checked against FCO’s moderation policy before publication)
¢ by private email or by post to the Foreign Office in London
Comments will be accepted until 31 December 2011; the website will remain available for reference until 1 July 2012.
The Foreign Secretary announced to Parliament on 14 September that the Government had agreed the principles of a new strategy for the Overseas Territories.
More information on our work with the Overseas Territories