St Helena : Visit of Ascension Island Administrator
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 02.11.2006 (Article Archived on 16.11.2006)
Ascension Island Administrator, Michael Hill, visited St Helena for the first time from 15 to 23 October and attended a number of meetings with various officials and personnel from the private sector.
Visit of Ascension Island Administrator
Ascension Island Administrator, Michael Hill, visited St Helena for the first time from 15 to 23 October and attended a number of meetings with various officials and personnel from the private sector. He has now left the Island and will return to Ascension in November via Walvis Bay, Johannesburg and the UK.
Governor Clancy was pleased with the visit and said “It was certainly a busy week for the Administrator who spoke to many people both in formal meetings and informally. We managed to cover several key issues while he was on the Island.”
These issues included immigration and customs, work and entry permits and public service structures.
Governor Clancy hosted a Drinks Reception at Plantation House on the evening of 16 October to welcome the Administrator to St Helena. This event enabled the Administrator to meet the 80 invited guests which included Legislative Council, Board Members from the Bank of St Helena, Solomon’s Board, and various officials.
The Administrator attended separate meetings with Executive Council, Legislative Council and Management Team. He also met the Acting Chief Secretary, the Acting Financial Secretary and several Heads of Department. He also held discussions with the Staff Officer, Senior Customs Officer, Shipping Officer, Head Teacher at Prince Andrew School, Development Economist and Senior Fisheries Officer.
Several meetings took place with non government personnel including the Bank Manager, the General Manager for Solomon and Company and the Chief Executive for Cable and Wireless.
Additionally the Administrator visited Prosperous Bay Plain along with the DFID Representative Eddie Palmer and staff from the Lands Section. He was fascinated by his visit to the Museum and an Island tour with the Director of Tourism. He takes away not only fond memories but much material in order to provide a benchmark between government on Ascension and St Helena.
Public Relations/Information Office
Office of the Chief Secretary
27 October 2006