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Martyn Roper OBE sworn in as Governor

Governor Martyn Roper was officially sworn in to his new post at the Legislative Assembly on Monday (29 October.)

The official ceremony took place at 3 p.m. and was attended by members of the Cabinet, Opposition and the general public. It also marked Governor Roper’s first address to the nation.

During his speech, Mr. Roper did not shy away from any of the more controversial aspects of his appointment; he alluded to Mr. Choudhury’s removal from office, but gave no further details surrounding the FCO investigation.

He also hinted at the controversy surrounding the gay rights case currently going through the Cayman courts, when he promised “equality for all Cayman Islanders.”

Most tellingly, he addressed the state of the current relationship between the UK and Cayman, in particular in reference to beneficial ownership.

“Beneficial ownership has been a difficult area in the UK’s relationship with the Cayman Islands for some time,” Mr. Roper said, adding: “I recognise the concern caused by the passing in the UK of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act.”

Mr. Roper also announced two new initiatives. Firstly, a collaboration between the Governor’s office and the Cayman Islands’ Crisis Centre to launch a new Childline and the second, which would strengthen the RCIPS Air Operations Unit.

“The UK and Cayman Islands are now discussing the potential for a joint project to purchase and operate a second helicopter. If approved, this would not only be used to provide greater resilience to the Cayman Islands but also support vital operations for disaster relief and law enforcement in the other Overseas Territories,” Mr. Roper revealed.

The new Governor also gave some hints at the style he will be adopting as Governor, promising more use of social media to increase transparency of the office.

Mr. Roper promised to be “accessible, straight-forward, open and willing to listen.”

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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