Message from the Chairman - David Robins
In response to the wide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Stay at Home Measures were passed into law in England and Wales on 26 March 2020, with immediate effect. These measures dictate that gatherings of more than two people are not permitted.
However, the legal requirement to hold an AGM remains in force and we are therefore obliged to convene the meeting at 10.00 am on 19 May 2020 at Flat 2, Fidelity International, Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9DZ.
As the attendance of more than two people at an AGM (other than where this is essential for work purposes) is not permitted under the Stay at Home Measures, not to mention unsafe for the attendees, the Chairman will exercise his statutory powers to exclude other attendees. This means that any of those whose presence is not 'essential for work purposes' will be excluded, once two people (including the Chairman of the meeting) are present. The other member has already been contacted and has confirmed his attendance in person. Therefore, anyone who ignores the Stay at Home Measures and attempts to join the meeting will not be admitted.
With this in mind, this year’s AGM will run with a substantially reduced programme. The meeting will be restricted to the formal business of the meeting as set out in the Annual Report and voting on the resolutions therein. On this occasion, the Portfolio Manager will not attend the meeting. His presentation will be pre-recorded and made available on the website www.fidelityinvestmenttrusts.com as soon as practicable. Hard copies of the presentation will also be made available by post on request to the Secretary, contact details for which can be found in the Annual Report.
It is not the Board’s intention to exclude or discount the views of the Company’s shareholders, but at the moment, the health of all investors, workforce and officers must be paramount. We urge all shareholders to make use of the proxy form provided. If you hold shares through the Fidelity Platform or a nominee (and not directly in your own name) please contact the company with which you hold your shares to determine alternative options (if available) for lodging your voting instructions.
We encourage all investors who have any questions or comments to contact the Secretary so that she can relay your comments to the Board, and we will respond in due course. The Secretary’s contact details can be found in the Annual Report.
We thank you for your cooperation and sincerely hope to resume the meeting’s usual format in future.