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Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has hailed the success of the BVI's twinning partnership with Hertfordshire County Council at his annual Premier's Reception at BVI House in London on October 31.
The event celebrated the five year anniversary of the signing of the BVI -Hertfordshire County Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in which there have been successful cultural and youth exchanges and cooperation on sports, education and professional development, among other things.
During his remarks Premier Smith said, "My Government and the people of the BVI are grateful for all of Hertfordshire’s support over the last five years, particularly in the area of education. I am also pleased that some of Hertfordshire’s young professionals and students have been able to gain valuable experience in international affairs here at the BVI London Office over the last two years."
In appreciation of Hertfordshire County Council's support to the BVI, the Premier also presented a local painting as a gift to the Council.
Remarks were also made by Sir Henry Bellingham, Chairman of the BVI All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG); Mr. Chris Hayward, Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council; His Excellency Governor John Duncan; and Ms. Ginny Hawksley, Manager of the BVI Tourist Board UK Office.
Over 100 guests and dignitaries attended the reception from a wide range of sectors and from Hertfordshire County.
The Premier makes an official visit to Hertfordshire County Council on November 3 to continue anniversary celebrations.
He is currently attending the Joint Ministerial Council in London during his annual visit to the United Kingdom and is joined by Representative for the Second District, Honourable Melvin "Mitch" Turnbull; Permanent Secretary, Mr. Brodrick Penn; BVI London Office Director, Mr. Benito Wheatley; BVI London Office Deputy Director, Dr. Sandra Besson; and International Affairs Secretariat Director, Ms. Sylvia Moses.