St Helenians and island watchers discussed the future of St Helena with the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, in a rare public meeting on 19 May 2012. Afterwards, St Helena Online was granted an interview with Mr Mitchell on behalf of island media. Click on the links to hear what he had to say:
On finance and shipping: “This is an absolutely brilliant opportunity in the history of St Helena. I’m determined this major contract in very, very difficult circumstances will be delivered on time and at cost.” And a future wharf in Rupert’s Bay? Part 1: listen here.
On aircraft: ”We have maintained our flexibility for the future and ensured the aircraft most likely to fly to St Helena will be able to use the airport.” Part 2: listen here.
On open government: “It’s up to the elected governments of the territories to determine whether freedom of information legislation is the best means of strengthening transparency and accountability to their own citizens. Explaining to people why you’re doing what you’re doing makes for better government.” Part 3: listen here.
On tourism: “We have satisfied ourselves with the world’s best experts about the likely tourist uptake. I think their projections are quite conservative.” Part 4: listen here.
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