Chamber update, Wil Pineau, see last edition’s logo
The Future of Cayman action groups are meeting regularly and there remain opportunities for you to get involved. Each group is implementing the action items that were agreed by the public and private sector representatives who attended the Future of Cayman Forum and endorsed by the government and private sector associations and businesses as essential for Cayman’s ongoing and future success.
The Creating a Business Friendly Environment driver group, co-chaired by Michael Joseph and Franz Manderson, is focusing its work on creating greater efficiencies and responsiveness in government and improving government enforcement mechanisms to allow for the timely application of regulations, policies and procedures. The group is passionate in its belief that in order for Cayman to remain competitive to attract new businesses and to grow existing industries we must examine all systems and work together to improve how we conduct business from how we greet our customers to how quickly we respond to information requests and applications.
The Develop Talent group, co-chaired by Pat Bell and Mary Rodrigues, is working to ensure successful educational performance at every level and for employers to have access to a skilled workforce. They are seeking to create an environment that promotes lifelong learning. Early childhood care and education has been identified as the first area that will be addressed. The creation of a website that will list and provide information on all scholarships that are offered by the public and private sectors is also under development. The group will also support the further development of the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre with input and support that will help to ensure our young people are increasingly well prepared for the world of work. Diversifying the economy has been discussed for many years with only gradual progress. This group, co-chaired by Jonathan Piercy and Johann Moxam, is focusing its work on promoting business development as a vital strategy for Cayman’s future success. They will proactively develop strategies to identify stumbling blocks for existing businesses while at the same time propose ways to leverage Cayman’s legal and physical infrastructure. Medical tourism and specialised economic zones have been identified as viable pursuits and the group will continue to monitor the progress of emerging legislation and conditions that will encourage this type of economic development.
Communities that set aside regular funding for their infrastructural development are attractive to investors and businesses. The Build a Smarter Infrastructure group, co-chaired by Colin Reid and Tristan Hydes, is working to develop a national infrastructure plan and funding mechanisms and to promote the investment in critical infrastructure. All aspects of our Islands’ infrastructure are being examined in the group’s work including transportation, the port, airport, water, communications, waste management and energy and building technologies. The group is supporting the development of a comprehensive and sustainable energy policy and key investments in the Owen Roberts International Airport, George Town port, the George Town landfill and various recycling efforts.
Enhance the Quality of Life group, co-chaired by David Kirkaldy and Jennifer Ahearn, is concentrating on areas that all residents and investors believe are essential for the success of a progressive community: Clean water, personal safety, education for all, environmental and marine conservation, affordable housing and democratic governance. The group is promoting diversity and healthy and active lifestyle choices. They are proposing strategies to achieve a balance between the environment and growth while promoting justice and good governance. Education, family and public safety is one of the main objectives.
“If we work together we can achieve outstanding results. Don’t sit idly by and expect that our society will improve without our collective response and action,” said Chamber President James O’Neill. “Public safety, immigration reform and infrastructural development are just some of the items that are being discussed by the various groups. Get involved and sign up to serve on a committee. You can make a difference in the future of Cayman.”
www.futureofcayman.com is an excellent resource and interactive website developed specifically to engage the public in the process and progress of the driver committees. Social media tools including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube allow anyone to remain connected as the groups continue to complete their work. Businesses and individuals are also given an opportunity to endorse the initiative and upload your logo to the site. Sign up and get involved!