Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush has jetted off on a two and a half week business trip to four different destinations around the globe.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly Thursday afternoon, Mr. Bush said while there was still some business to be conducted in the House, he was leaving the island later that day to do a round of meetings to help promote the Cayman Islands.
First stop is New York for a press conference involving 25 of the top US media companies, he said.
With Mr. Bush in New York will be President and CEO of Cayman Airways, Mike Adam, Minister for Planning, Communications, District Administration and Information Technology and Sister Islands MLA Julianna O’Connor Connolly, Cayman Islands Tourism Association President Mark Bastis, Department of Tourism officials and Permanent Secretary for Tourism Tim Hubbell.
Mr. Bush said there had been a lot of noise made after Hurricane Ivan about a lack of coverage of the Cayman Islands in the international media and not letting the world know about the damage. He said that the fallout from that would now have to be managed.
Following New York, Mr. Bush will fly on to Madrid with Mr. Adam for a meeting regarding Cayman Airways.
Next is Dubai where Mr. Bush will seek the establishment of an office for the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau and explore the possibility of a small oil refinery in Grand Cayman.
Mr. Bush will then travel to Hong Kong where a branch of the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau will be launched on 15 March. He is set to be back in Grand Cayman on 19 March.
Although he will be absent from the Cayman Islands for Nomination Day, the law states he is still permitted for nomination while away, he said.
Looking toward the general elections on 11 May, Mr. Bush said he believes he has had a good record but it was in the hands of his constituents to decide.
He commended the Caymanian Compass for its reportage on the Legislative Assembly, which, he said, had been fair.
Leader of the Opposition Kurt Tibbetts then wished Speaker of the House Linford Pierson a happy birthday.
After joking that he was 21 years old, Mr. Pierson wished Mr. Bush, on behalf of the house, the best on his travels and in the forthcoming elections.
He said it should be remembered that everyone contesting the elections should do so with dignity and to remember that they were all trying to do the same thing – ‘to give the people the best representation possible’.
Mr. Bush moved adjournment of the Legislative Assembly to Monday 28 February.