Premier travels to Miami for infrastructure summit

Premier Alden McLaughlin is scheduled to represent the Cayman Islands in Miami at a regional infrastructure summit Sept. 23.

Mr. McLaughlin, who is traveling to Miami with his political assistant Kenneth Bryan, will be a panelist at the 2013 KPMG Island Infrastructure Summit’s first panel discussion on the importance of infrastructure projects in the islands.

He is slated to fly back to the Cayman Islands later on Monday to continue preparations for the budget session.

The KPMG summit aims to deliver “a snapshot of the current landscape, while exploring practical solutions for meeting the growing demand for new and better infrastructure solutions across island jurisdictions,” according to a press release from the Premier’s office.

“This year’s summit will explore how island economies can use alternative financing models, such as public private partnerships to work with the private sector to deliver innovation and efficiencies in asset management, and achieve accelerated infrastructure development that drives economic growth.

“The programme also features a preview of island infrastructure projects, showcasing high priority projects and providing an opportunity to explore project delivery options with international infrastructure developers and other leading infrastructure advisers,” the release continued.

On the panel with Mr. McLaughlin will be Craig Cannonier, premier of Bermuda; Ryan Pinder, minister of financial services, trade and industry of the Bahamas; and Dennis Richardson, minister of justice of St. Maarten.

Others senior political officers from the region attending the summit are Orlando Smith, premier of the Virgin Islands; Rufus Ewing, premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands; Trevor Moniz, minister of public works, Bermuda; Khaalis Rolle, minister of state for investments in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas; and Walter M. Higgins, president of Ascendant Group Ltd.