The South African High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr
Obed Mlaba, has completed a two-day visit to Jersey (12 and 13
During his visit, the High Commissioner met the Bailiff, Mr
William Bailhache, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the
Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache. He
stayed at Government House as the guest of the Lieutenant Governor,
General Sir John McColl.
The itinerary for the visit included attendance at the Assize
d'Heritage, meetings with the Chief Minister, the Minister for
External Relations and the Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean,
to discuss Jersey and South Africa's developing bilateral
relationship. The Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf,
also met with the High Commissioner to focus on the strong economic
links that exist in relation to financial services. This was
followed by meetings with the Attorney General, to discuss mutual
legal assistance, with the Jersey Financial Services Commission and
The visit followed the attendance of officials and the Assistant
Chief Minister at the 'Investing in African Mining Indaba'
in Cape Town earlier this year. Engagement with South Africa is
part of an agreed ongoing strategy to foster stronger links with
the continent, with the aim of boosting jobs and growth in Africa
and Jersey. It builds on the findings of Jersey's Value to
Africa report, commissioned by Jersey Finance in November 2014, and
is in line the McKinsey's recommendations on securing
Jersey's long-term future as a leading international finance
centre. During his visit the High Commissioner also met with
officials from Locate Jersey to consider ways in which South Africa
and Jersey may be able to cooperate further in this area.
Senator Bailhache commented: "I was very pleased to welcome
the High Commissioner to Jersey and to discuss matters of mutual
interest. The economic links that exist between South Africa and
Jersey are already extremely strong, with a large number of South
African institutions maintaining an interest in the Island. There
are significant opportunities to enhance our relationship for the
benefit of both our peoples and this visit has been instrumental in
developing our understanding of how we might seek to achieve
During his stay, the High Commissioner also met business and
finance industry representatives, and was the guest of honour at a
dinner hosted by the Bailiff.
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