Bell and Crookall in summit in Wales

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THE chief minister today (Monday) led a delegation from the Isle of Man Government attending the 19th British-Irish Council Summit in Wales.

Allan Bell and Tim Crookall MHK, the Minister for the Department of Education and Children, took part in discussions on a range of issues, including the state of the economy, efforts to address youth unemployment, and developments in ‘early years policy’.

The BIC, established under the terms of the Good Friday peace agreement, is the only international forum comprising the governments of the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.

It plays an important role in developing positive links between member countries and provides a platform for consultation and co-operation on matters of mutual interest.

As well as contributing to the summit’s main agenda at Cardiff Castle, the chief minister took the opportunity to hold discussions with his political counterparts from Jersey and Guernsey on matters of mutual interest, with particular focus on international tax compliance.

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