Governor’s Visit to Ascension Island – Update

His Excellency Governor Dr. Philip Rushbrook is currently visiting Ascension Island for the first time since being appointed Governor of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha in May.

On Wednesday evening, 10 July 2019, the Governor, alongside Ascension Island Administrator, Steve Chandler, hosted a Town Hall meeting in Georgetown at the Saints Members Club (see photo attached). The meeting was well attended by members of the Ascension community.

After a short speech, the Governor took questions from the floor. Topics were wide ranging and included the ongoing runway repair project, employment legislation, the designation of a marine protected area, and the Island’s education provision. The Governor then continued conversations with the public as he hosted an open drinks reception following the meeting.

This morning, Thursday, 11 July 2019, Governor Rushbrook attended a meeting of the Business Consultation Forum (BCF). The BCF is the mechanism by which the various stakeholders that contribute to the Business Levy meet to discuss any proposed changes or adjustments to it. This provided the Governor the opportunity to better understand what shape this important financial instrument might take over the coming years.

Amongst other engagements, the Governor’s itinerary for the rest of his time on Ascension will see him attend the Two Boats School End of Year Awards Ceremony, an Informal Meeting of the Island Council, and tour the Island’s medical facilities.

Governor Rushbrook will return to St Helena on Sunday, 14 July 2019.

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11 July 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

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