Planning for the future

 “When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.”  – Chinese proverb
When designing a home, beginning a career, finding a job or building a business you should always begin with a plan. Creating a plan without setting realistic objectives and expectations, setting priorities, allocating resources and monitoring progress is likely to lead to frustration and stagnation. Sound planning and execution leads to extraordinary results.  This issue provides information about the planning process for Government, the Chamber and residents who may be seeking employment or a career change.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the unanimous approval in the Legislative Assembly of Vision 2008 as Cayman’s national strategic plan. With the approaching elections in May, it is a good time to reflect on the 16 strategies included in the plan and to determine how much has been achieved over the past 10 years and what remains unaddressed.
The Chamber’s three-year strategic plan is unveiled in this issue. Developed with direct input from the membership, the plan includes five key strategies:
the establishment of a Building Committee to examine the feasibility of constructing a permanent home for the Chamber, which includes a visitors, investors and convention centre;

  •  the implementation of a comprehensive marketing and communications plan;
  •  the development of a positive, proactive relationship between the Chamber and the Government;
  •  the establishment of new trade and investment opportunities;
  •  the promotion of environmental advocacy and responsible development.

Chamber President Mr. Eddie Thompson and the Council have established 10 committees to assist with the implementation of these strategies and you are invited to volunteer so that you can help to shape the future of the Chamber. Please contact me or any Council member if you wish to serve on a committee.
Persons seeking employment or a career change are encouraged to review the Chamber’s Employment Guide, which includes information about developing a resume, cover letter writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills and networking. You can put these tips to immediate use by attending the Chamber’s Careers, Education, and Jobs Expo at the University College of the Cayman Islands on Saturday, 14th February in the Sir Vassel Johnson auditorium. If you are seeking employment, considering a career change or evaluating higher learning options, this event will meet your needs.
Planning for the future requires hard work and commitment. 2009 will be a challenging year so it will be important for all of us to review our plans to ensure we are prepared to meet the challenges as we adjust to changing global conditions. The Chamber supports, promotes and protects business and community success. Let’s plan strategies for success together so we can ensure a prosperous future. 

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