By John Smith • 18 February 2016 • 16:48
The Chief Minister welcomes the Congressional Delegation
ORGANISED under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act programme by the United Kingdom in coordination with the Government of Gibraltar a delegation from the Congress of the United States of America visited Gibraltar on February 17 and 18.
Congressman George Holding and Congresswoman Lois Frankel were initially met by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo who gave them a background to Gibraltar and its economy and they then went on to be greeted by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia who briefed them on the political, constitutional and historical development of Gibraltar.
The delegates next met with the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Gibraltar AMCHAM and were later formally welcomed by the Chief Minister during a reception at Grand Battery House.
Following the welcome, they accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister in the laying of wreaths at the American War Memorial.
Their ‘whistle stop’ tour also included a visit to the University of Gibraltar and other briefings on the following day.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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