Premier Dr Rufus Ewing left the territory on Friday, for a meeting of the Conference of Heads of Oversees Territories Governments in Gibraltar, which convened on September 6 and runs through to September 13, 2013.
The meeting is expected to focus on revising the United Kingdom Overseas Territory Association (UKOTA) Constitution and set in place provisions whereby territories have a more integral role on the agenda at the annual meeting of the Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC), which is scheduled to be held with all Overseas Territory leaders in London this coming November.
The heads of Overseas Territories’ governments are also scheduled to discuss Overseas Territories within the Commonwealth and its institutions, with the aim of enhancing the status of representatives in the United Kingdom and increasing the profile of territories in the United Kingdom, particularly in relation to ceremonial state occasions, such as the annual Cenotaph Ceremony, which is held in November annually.
It is also anticipated that chief ministers and premiers will be discussing constitutional matters affecting their territories with the hopes of joining in agreement to propose one standard constitution for the Overseas Territories to eliminate disparity within the Commonwealth and improve the conditions under which the elected governments can perform.
Ewing is expected to meet with parliamentarians from the UK Parliament, HMG and representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Ewing will be accompanied to the United Kingdom Overseas Territory Association meeting by his Head of Secretariat, Ronlee James.
Deputy premier and minister of education, youth, sports, culture and library services, Akierra Missick, will be acting premier during this time. The premier is expected to return on September 15, 2013.