Council of Ministers publishes Common Policy for External Relations

| November 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Council of Ministers has published a Common Policy for External Relations, which for the first time sets out in a single document the agreed policy for the conduct of the Island’s overseas relations.

As well as covering the historical, political and constitutional context for Jersey’s external relations, the policy also sets out the following six principles for the conduct of external relations:

1. Protect Jersey’s unique constitution, and its domestic and fiscal autonomy;
2. Promote Jersey’s international identity and good reputation as a responsible country committed to the rule of law, international standards, and respect for internationally recognised human and labour rights;
3. Serve Jersey’s best economic interests by promoting a strong, diversified economy, safeguarding its competitive position and promoting growth through trade and inward investment;
4. Promote Jersey’s national and cultural identity abroad;
5. Join with others in supporting sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries;
6. Abide by internationally agreed standards of environmental stewardship.

The States of Jersey Law requires the Council of Ministers shall agree their common policy regarding external relations, but this is the first time that this policy has been published in a single document.

Senator Gorst commented: “In publishing a common policy for external relations, the Council is seeking to ensure that this important area of government policy is more transparent and accessible to everyone. Whilst much of the policy is drawn from existing States decisions, this is the first time that we have set out in a single document how Jersey will conduct its external relations. Not every country publishes its policy for conducting foreign affairs, but we want Jersey to be at the forefront of modern government and increased transparency in external relations.”

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