Chamber issues Constitution survey

The Cayman Island Chamber of Commerce issued an on-line survey Friday asking its members to weigh in on what they wanted included in a new Constitution.

The Chamber is one of four non-governmental organisations that have been invited to participate in the constitutional discussions with the United Kingdom that begin on 29 September.

The survey asks members if they strongly agree, agree, are neutral, disagree or strongly disagree with 58 different positions concerning the Constitution. Those positions include proposals of both the People’s Progressive Movement Government and the Opposition United Democratic Party. However, the survey does not indicate which party supports any particular position on which it asks members to respond.

Chamber President James Tibbetts urged all employers and their employees to complete the survey.

‘It is of the utmost importance to the Chamber of Commerce Council that we communicate the positions of the 740 members and the 18,500 employees that they employ accurately,’ he said. ‘The Constitution is the single most important document for the Cayman Islands and the Chamber of Commerce welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback from its members to the Constitutional talks which take place at the end of this month.

Chamber members started receiving emails with links to the online survey on Friday. They can also access the through the Chamber’s website at www.caymanchamber.ky.

The deadline for completing the survey is this Wednesday.

The Chamber stated that all responses will be kept confidential.

The survey is open to all Chamber members, including non-Caymanians. However, respondents are asked if they are registered voters in the survey.

The responses of Chamber members to the survey will go towards forming the positions that the Chamber will take in the upcoming constitution modernisation talks with the UK and highlight specific areas of concerns of the membership. The Chamber stated it would not take a stand on a position unless there was a clear majority response from members.

‘I would encourage all members and their employees to complete the survey so that we can confirm your views on this important national issue which will impact both our social and economic future for many years to come,’ Mr. Tibbetts said.

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