Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Chief minister urges North Americans to support island

Manx Government
Image caption The 2014 convention will be held on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man chief minister has appealed to people of Manx descent in North America to help promote the island overseas.

Tony Brown MHK asked delegates at the North American Manx Association's 50th annual convention in Denver to "speak up" against criticism of the island.

He also thanked them for supporting the creation of a Manx Museum at the University of Wisconsin.

He urged delegates to visit the island during the 2014 convention in Douglas.

'Banking secrecy'

Speaking at the convention Mr Brown said: "You can speak up for the Isle of Man's record when you hear your politicians unfairly criticise us and you can share your knowledge with those who may not know anything about the Island."

He also urged delegates to visit the government's website and sign up to be a Global Friend of the Isle of Man.

He said: "The Isle of Man government now has much more control of its external affairs, and as an example, we now enter into bilateral agreements with countries around the world - particularly in relation to taxation matters - and our government is an active player in a number of global initiatives.

"The Isle of Man does not support tax evasion or fraud, and we have never had banking secrecy.

"We work quietly with the authorities from many nations, including the United States, to help bring people who carry on such activities to justice, and we have been instrumental in successfully initiating and assisting in a number of important cases in the US."

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