Business Outlook returns with local politics panel on tap

Three of Cayman’s leading politicians will go head-to-head during a question and answer session at today’s Cayman Business Outlook at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.  

The session will pose questions by the public to former Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush, as well as Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Rolston Anglin and Leader of the Opposition Alden McLaughlin.  

Moderated by Ben Meade, news director of Cayman 27, the panel is expected to last 90 minutes and will come at the end of the one-day conference. 

Organisers said strict rules governing the debate were issued to the participants so that the discussion will remain focused on the main issues facing the Cayman Islands. The participants will be provided with two initial questions ahead of time to prepare and respond to in four minutes each.  

The questions will hone in on the medium- to long-term vision of the candidates for the Cayman Islands and their ideas about spending cuts or possible future revenue enhancement measures to close the 
budget deficit.  

The remaining questions will be based on public input, submitted through the conference’s website, and will not be disclosed ahead of time to the participants. Mr. Meade agreed to seek specific responses to the questions from each participant and to follow up if the answers are inadequate. 

Anwer Sunderji, chairman of conference organiser Fidelity Group, said he is delighted the three politicians have agreed to participate in the final local panel session of the day. 

“We have an outstanding lineup of international speakers from around the globe ready to enlighten the CBO audience with their particular brand of expertise and we are extremely pleased to be able to welcome three of Cayman’s top politicians to add to our list of distinguished speakers,” he said.  

“The final panel discussion always attracts standing room crowd only and as the Cayman Islands is now in an election year, we anticipate that this session will again attract a record crowd interested to hear each politician’s stance on the relevant issues.” 

It is the 10th time Fidelity will host Cayman Business Outlook, a conference that aims to bring global business, economic and financial issues that have a local impact in Cayman to a broad cross-section of the public. 

The local politics panel will follow keynote speaker William Cohen, the 20th United States Secretary of Defense and a former US congressman and senator; former editor-in-chief of the Economist Bill Emmott; and Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute, who will be delivering a presentation on the US political and economic environment and its implications to the world. 

Michael Furdyk founder of TakingITGlobal, a global online community for young people, will focus on the importance of engaging students and integrating technology and global perspectives into the classroom. He will give a presentation titled, “The Role of Technology in Education”. 

Mr. Furdyk was one of the first to explore the transformative potential of applying technology in the classroom and to the education system as a whole. He believes that to properly educate the “net generation”, students born after 1980, a major overhaul of schools is needed. Mr. Furdyk highlights practical examples that are already in use to show how education can move, assuredly, into the wired future.  

“The world has changed and it’s about time education caught up,” he said. 

Mr. Furdyk will replace the previously planned presentation by Salman Khan who, due to circumstances outside CBO’s control, was unable to participate, organisers said.