It’s a scary little word, but one we have to start talking about.
The Overseas Territories Consultive Council is already in the process of determining the future of the Cayman Islands and other overseas territories.
We will soon have to deal with the elephant in the room.
Basically it all started in 1999 with the publication of the White Paper, Partnership for Progress and Prosperity.
Since then many Overseas Territories, including us, have adopted modernised constitutions.
Now there is a website – www.cabinetoffice.gov.ky – where you can leave your comments about the possibility of our independence from Mother Country, United Kingdom.
Some things to think about that are on the website include:
Strengthening the engagement and interaction between the Territories and the UK by not only the sharing of expertise, but also by pursuing partnerships between local governments, the private sector, NGOs and professional bodies in the UK and their counterparts in the Territories.
Collaborating with Territories to strengthen public financial management, economic planning and good governance arrangements where necessary.
Improving the quality of support from the UK. For example, strategic investments in those Territories where the needs are greatest. Premier McKeeva Bush wants to know what you think about our relationship with the UK and where it should go.
We don’t think independence is an immediate issue, but it is probably a done deal for our future generations.
We have to decide now what kind of future we are going to leave them with. This is an important exercise. The UK is set to publish another White Paper next year detailing its approach to Overseas Territories.
Mother won’t keep us at the hem of her skirt forever. We have to be proactive in the picture of our future.