Your views are key

 It’s hard to believe we are already half way through the year. The Chamber’s advocacy agenda for 2011 has focused primarily on the Future of Cayman which incorporates many consistent objectives for the Chamber like workforce and talent development, public safety, preservation of our environment and resources, and a business and investor friendly climate.

We are excited to be at the point where we can now present the Strategic Report as a final document in CHAMBER magazine and start to see some real results from our objectives and associated actions. The Strategic Report can also be downloaded from . I would like to stress that although this economic development initiative was first introduced by the Chamber, the end product is the result of a collaborative effort by both the public and private sectors that has been monitored by an independent steering committee endorsed and represented by both sectors.

A major source of information for the Chamber is our annual State of Business Survey which we will be releasing shortly to our membership. This is an excellent way for you to communicate your concerns and issues about doing business in the Cayman Islands. In fact, last year’s survey provided the data for the Future of Cayman driver development. We are keen to see how businesses have viewed the past year in terms of sales, recruitment and productivity and urge you to please take the time to give us your feedback. It is only through our membership that we can get a true picture of what is happening on the ground with local business. Let your voice be heard and your concerns represented. That is what we are here for.

A further survey is being distributed to Chamber members in relation to the professional development and training needs of our membership. Again, just a few minutes of your time will allow us to better serve you and ensure that you get the best value for your training dollar. Don’t forget we also offer personalised training that can be held in-house or at a location of your preference.

A Chamber of Commerce strategic planning session recently took place on July 16 in which the Council and staff looked at key objectives for the next three years. We are pleased to report that we have completed the many objectives set out in the last planning session including increasing efforts and involvement in advocacy initiatives, improved government relations, improved communications, strengthen existing programmes and introduced Leadership Cayman. We have seen tremendous headway as an organisation and we are motivated to continue this momentum. In fact, the CHAMBER magazine has been awarded the Gold Award from the Annual Awards for Communications Excellence, a prestigious competition organised by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Out of a possible 100 our magazine received an overall score of 93.5. Competing against Chambers from the US, Canada and the Caribbean, we can be very proud of this result. I would like to thank our Communications Manager, Roberta Bostock and Chamber member Cayman Free Press, for this great accomplishment. They have worked long and hard in partnership to bring this publication up to a standard worthy of this type of recognition. This is the second time our magazine has been recognized by ACCE. We may be one of the smallest Chambers coming from a population of only 54,000, but we can definitely hold our own against some of the largest in the world. This is significant because the same can be said of our economy. Yes, we are small but we have much to offer and the spirit and conviction to compete with the best. Let us hold this in our hearts and embrace the future with confidence.