The programme of promotional activities of the Anguilla Financial Services Association (AFSA)/Government of Anguilla (GOA) Marketing and Promotional Committee for the first quarter of the year has been released. The committee, which is tasked with ensuring that Anguilla is marketed as a reputable financial services jurisdiction, has decided to attend three conferences which it hopes will continue to position Anguilla at the higher end of the market.

Two members of the committee, Mr. Claudel Romney, KPMG Senior Partner in Anguilla and Mr. Alan Jones, the Registrar of Companies, will attend the Offshore Jurisdictions Conference in Toronto, Canada on the 24th and 25th January. Mr. Romney will give a presentation entitled Anguilla: Opportunities as an Emerging Financial Centre while Mr. Jones will present a live demonstration of the ACORN system. In February, Mr. Jones along with Mr. Lynn Bell, Chairman of Hansa Bank, will attend the Offshore E-Commerce conference in Miami between the 22nd and the 24th. Mr. Jones will again demonstrate the ACORN system while Mr. Bell will conduct a workshop entitled Realising the Internet Initial Public Offering (IPO) Dream: Take your offshore e-business public. Mr. Bell is considered an authority on the use of offshore jurisdictions for the conduct of e-commerce business and has done much to promote Anguilla as a destination for e-commerce activities.

Mr. Jones will again demonstrate the ACORN system at the Shorex-Europe Exhibition in London from the 27th to 31st March. These conferences will attract lawyers, bankers, financial planners and other financial service professionals who are considered innovators in the field. In commenting on the programme, Mr. John Lawrence, Director of Financial Services, noted that "it is important that the name of Anguilla be kept at the forefront of the offshore industry and that service providers be made aware of what Anguilla as a jurisdiction can offer. These conferences are part of an ongoing programme of visits by AFSA and GOA which started with the coming on line of the ACORN system."

The Committee plans to increase its marketing drive following the completion of the Review of Financial Regulation in the Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda which is currently being conducted by KPMG (Leeds, UK).

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