Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley, front right, meets with heads of government from other overseas territories during a recent Miami session held in part to prepare for the Joint Ministerial Council with United Kingdom leaders in November. (Photo: GIS)

United Kingdom relations, beneficial ownership requirements, and cultural exchange were among the topics on the agenda when Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley met recently with heads of government from other overseas territories in Miami.

The July 29 meeting, which was chaired by Cayman Islands Premier Wayne Panton, was also used to prepare for the next Joint Ministerial Council meeting with UK officials in November in London, according to Government Information Services.

Attendees also discussed OTs’ participation in the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference (COP28) in November and December in Dubai, as well as other similar forums.

Additionally, the agenda touched on OT representation at international forums and ways to improve engagement and information-sharing among Caribbean territories.

Leaders also explored opportunities to foster greater awareness of the territories’ shared history and heritage through youth, sports and cultural exchanges, according to GIS.

Besides heads of government, several civil servants and other senior officials from the OTs attended.

Previous JMC

The previous JMC meeting was held in May in London after being postponed last year amid a leadership shakeup in the UK.

During that JMC, the UK announced that it was developing a new overseas territories strategy.

OT and UK leaders also discussed security, governance, sustainable development, and plans for economic and social progress.