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Mansion House event a ‘milestone’ for the Isle of Man 24 September 2008

THE first Mansion House dinner to be hosted by the Isle of Man Government was a ‘milestone’ in the Island’s development, Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK told guests at the event on Friday evening (September 19, 2008).

The occasion, in the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, was hosted by the Chief Minister, supported by representatives of the Island’s government and private sector. It was attended by around 200 guests including international business leaders, key contacts from City banking, legal, stockbroker and accounting institutions, representatives of shipping, e-gaming and entertainment industries and a number of UK politicians and international diplomats.

Mr Brown told them:

‘The Isle of Man is a small nation located in the centre of the Irish Sea and it makes me very proud to see our national emblem, the Three Legs of Man, displayed before such distinguished company in so historic a setting…..
‘This is the first time the Isle of Man has hosted an event at the Mansion House and as you will appreciate it is a special occasion for us. It is another important milestone in our nation’s journey, and a reminder of how far we have travelled in recent years.’

He explained how the Isle of Man had distinguished itself as a business centre that was both competitive – creating a diverse and robust economy - and internationally responsible. The skill and foresight shown by the Island in navigating international challenges and developing new opportunities would serve it well in the future, he suggested.

The Chief Minister said the factors behind the Island’s success included its power of self-government, its business-friendly approach, and its ‘Freedom to Flourish’ ethos.

He thanked the current Lord Mayor, Alderman David Lewis, for his ‘generous and invaluable support’ for the Isle of Man, which was proud to be ‘a significant gateway’ to the City of London.

Referring to the current turmoil in financial markets, the Chief Minister said the motto of the Three Legs – ‘whichever way you throw me, I will stand’ - was particularly relevant.

He told guests:

‘You will know better than I that we all have to learn from and adapt to economic conditions to survive, and that is especially so during such periods as we presently face.
‘As a small nation the Isle of Man recognises and has previously risen to such challenges, and it is this which gives me cautious optimism that we will continue to do so.’

The Chief Minister concluded:

‘Despite these uncertain and difficult times, the Isle of Man recognises that it must make its own way in the world. I am confident that within a political and economically stable environment, and with the resilience and resourcefulness of our people, we will make the most of the challenges and opportunities that lie along the road ahead, and we will be successful. You are all invited to join us on our journey.’

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