Cayman, Honduras leaders talk flights, food

The importation of food, direct flights and a partnership for an undersea telecommunications cable were on the agenda in bilateral talks between the leaders of Cayman and Honduras Friday.

A delegation from the Central American nation, including President Juan Orlando Hernández, made a brief visit to George Town last week, after a Cayman delegation including Premier Alden McLaughlin, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and Cayman Airways CEO Fabian Whorms visited Honduras in mid-August.

“We also discussed opportunities which seem available for there to be direct importation of produce, seafood and meats from Honduras to Cayman,” the premier said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Premier McLaughlin said importing foodstuffs from Honduras would increase the quality of food in Cayman, “at a significantly reduced cost, avoiding the need for the goods to first be shipped to Miami.”

The leaders continued talks regarding a strategic alliance involving Honduras

From left, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Honduras Minister of Economic Development Arnaldo Castillo, Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell and Governor Helen Kilpatrick at a meeting Friday. Cayman and Honduras discussed the importation of food, direct flights linking the nations and a partnership for an undersea telecommunications cable, among other topics.
From left, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández, Premier Alden McLaughlin, Honduras Minister of Economic Development Arnaldo Castillo, Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell and Governor Helen Kilpatrick at a meeting Friday. Cayman and Honduras discussed the importation of food, direct flights linking the nations and a partnership for an undersea telecommunications cable, among other topics.

and Cayman Airways, particularly “the role that Cayman Airways can play in providing increasing lift into Roatán, La Ceiba, and other cities,” the premier said.

Extending visa offices and arrangements and the further development of the Honduras consulate in Cayman were also discussed.

Mr. Kirkconnell said the meetings were very much aimed toward establishing a framework from a government standpoint that the private sector and Cayman’s statutory authorities can use to benefit both countries.

President Hernández said a delegation from Honduras will attend the Caribbean Week of Agriculture event, which will be hosted in Cayman Oct. 24-28.

It was his first visit to Cayman.

“I am very optimistic about what we spoke of today. I am certain that my delegation will be coming to the conference. I am certain that producers in Honduras can contribute to bringing fresh food to your country to sell,” President Hernández said.

 

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  1. I think this is a great idea teaming up with Honduras on organizing regular flights and the importation of food products. Some may still remember that many years ago Cayman depended on food coming from Honduras, although it came by boat then, every time that boat “The Miss Sheila, and others; were consistent and on time with food supplies.
    Besides the first un- recognized visitors came from Honduras; even before our discovery by Christopher Columbus. Those were the Arawak Indians who came over in canoes looking turtles; but did not come back after the pirates appeared.
    Beside, being grateful of receiving all food produce from USA, people are now turning to organic foods grown on Island with out, or much less fertilizing. Also I would expect that the agriculture department make sure there is no competition with our newly opened food market at George Town which has been doing very well. We should only import top ground and under ground foods when there is an appeared shortage on the island.

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  2. I think that this could be good for Cayman if it’s handle and done right , but I hope that it don’t destroy the farming efforts and potential in Cayman Islands . The Cayman Farmers needs to make sure that they are protected in any agreement that Government make .

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  3. The objective should be to reduce the vast amount of fruit and vegetables imported by the supermarkets from the States, a lot of which originates in Central and South America anyway. This should not affect the demand for fresh local produce which is really appreciated by Cayman customers.

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