The knock-on effect this has for the investigation and prosecution of crime cannot be overstated, says director of public prosecutions Patrick Moran. “It is very hard to imagine a criminal investigation in which digital evidence will not at some stage come into play.”
It had been Cayman’s worst kept secret for months. When the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force eventually published its evaluation of the islands’ anti-money laundering regime in March, few were surprised by the criticism.
It is a common parental promise and expectation that the next generation will be able to lead a better, richer and easier life. And while this has been true for decades since World War II, the past 20 to 30 years have been different. Millions in industrialised countries have come to realise that their wealth is stagnating.
Cayman’s real estate market is thriving by any measure. Total property sales reached a record $800 million last year, an 18 percent increase over 2017. The number of property transfers, at 1,857 transactions, was 9 percent higher year on year. Construction activity, meanwhile, continues unabated all over the island.
Each year, Cayman adds about 90,000 tonnes of waste to a single landfill site that already contains 1.5 million tonnes of garbage. In an area of 37 acres, this means the trash piles nearly 90 feet high.
After PwC’s annual survey of chief executives worldwide noted record-breaking optimism about the global economic growth only last year, the firm’s latest opinion poll reveals a dramatic drop in confidence.
When Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the creation of a new trade and investment ministry last year, together with a regional office in Hong Kong, he justified the unusual mid-term move with the ever-changing international regulatory landscape for the financial services sector.
Some investors might be unsettled by the volatility of a crypto market that is plagued by scandals and the ups and downs of Bitcoin, which has created and destroyed fortunes for the past eight or nine years.
The Cayman Islands is capitalizing on new opportunities in the reinsurance market after 75 percent of the 33 new insurance and reinsurance companies established in Cayman last year were linked to the reinsurance space.
There is growing consensus to support a U.S. proposal for the reform of global corporate tax rules, which would limit the ability of multinational companies to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Substance legislation passed by lawmakers in December 2018 has laid down the parameters for the way Cayman is responding to pressure by the European Union to reform its tax regime, but many questions remain about the economic impact of the new framework.
Better measurement of the economy and of people’s well-being could have led governments to respond more strongly to mitigate the damage caused by the 2008 financial crisis and reduce people’s continuing loss of trust in public institutions, according to a new report released by the OECD.
Citizenship by investment and residency by investment schemes are the latest targets of regulators and advocacy groups, as three reports by Transparency International, the OECD and the Green Party in the European Parliament all highlighted abuses of the programs in both Europe and the Caribbean.
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