On Wednesday, 27 July, 2011, all stakeholders were invited to attend a BE INFORMED session at the Chamber in celebration of the official launch of the Future of Cayman economic development initiative.
Premier W. McKeeva Bush, Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin and MLA for North Side Ezzard Miller each offered their support for this new approach to economic sustainability with the Premier signing an official agreement with the Chamber, endorsing the initiative.
Chamber CEO Wil Pineau, a member of the Future of Cayman Steering Committee, outlined the initiative to the packed room, emphasising that it was not a magic bullet but a definite step in the right direction.
He went on to describe that by bringing both the public and private sectors together in a single vision we have a much better chance of not only succeeding in our objectives but also creating a sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come.
He also made clear that it is not a mission of a few and that members of the public are invited to join the relevant driver groups in support of the objectives, or endorse the initiative online at
www.futureofcayman.com. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have also been created to allow for feedback and ease of communication.
The inaugural Future of Cayman Forum held in November 2010 saw the first steps of a community coming together to address our collective issues and concerns. It is heartening to see the continued momentum from this forum culminate in the signing of an agreement by the Chamber of Commerce and the Cayman Islands Government.
This seal of commitment from both the public and private sectors bodes well for a successful Future of Cayman process. Driver groups have begun actioning the goals set out in the Future of Cayman strategic report and we look forward to following their progress.
At the meeting the Premier told government and business leaders that the Future of Cayman was especially important in context of the new world order.
“Without a vision for the future by which we can navigate through uncharted economic waters we may very well meander aimlessly. Through the private and public sector partnership created in the Future of Cayman forum, we can work together to a Cayman Islands that fosters a superior quality of life and prosperity for the generations that follow us.”
The Premier added: “If you remember nothing else that I say today, remember that change we must if we are going to survive. The world is not waiting on us, no matter how grand we feel we are. The world is not going to wait.”
The Premier’s words are significant because they speak to the adjustments we know we must make in order to thrive in a new world economy. They also speak to our reluctance for change. It is important to understand that we are not merely going through a bad patch and we should wait for things to improve; we need to understand that our puzzle piece no longer fits and that we need to do things differently.
We have much to be proud of, but we must not lose sight of our place in the future and what we must do to get there.