Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, who attended the Investment Migration Council (IMC) Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, June 5 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the organization.
An Antigua and Barbuda Government statement said that Browne participated in the annual IMC Forum, “which saw all the leading stakeholders in the investment migration industry gather to analyze the state of the industry and strategize on the way forward.”
“As the feature speaker of the Forum, PM Browne addressed the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon with a speech that was very well received,” the statement said.
It said that, on Wednesday morning, the prime minister sat with the chief executive of the Investment Migration Council Bruno L’Ecuyer at the Kempinski Hotel in downtown Geneva, “where they both signed the MOU that set out the mandate of the IMC to conduct research, prepare reports, lobby organizations and governments, and handle communications on the issues related to the investment migration industry.”
The MOU was negotiated over the past few months between both sides and covers the IMC relationship with those countries that sign up on advocacy and policy issues, the statement said.
“The IMC is performing a critical function,” Browne said, “and this initiative will strengthen our outreach to those whose policies can affect the industry for good or ill.
“We look forward to a strong collaborative relationship with the IMC that will confront the issues that challenge an industry that brings so much benefit to our countries,” he added.
The statement said the signing ceremony was witnessed by Ambassador Colin Murdoch, of the Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Patricia Cassola of the IMC.