(CMR) The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce has extended congratulations to the newly elected members of Parliament and said the Council and Staff look forward to working with them to address the many challenges and issues facing the Islands.
“There are significant challenges facing the newly elected Government,” said Chamber President Mike Gibbs.
He pointed out, “The cost of living, affordable housing, pension and health insurance reform, reopening our economy safely to stayover visitors, strengthening our financial services sector, infrastructure and sustainable development, diversifying and innovating the economy, the environment and improving the education system were the among main issues identified in the Chamber's public election survey in February, and these helped to frame the questions posed during the Chamber's Candidates Forums in March and April.”
Gibbs said the Chamber and its members stand ready to work alongside the new government and the wider community to help craft solutions to these and other issues.
The Chamber has organized Candidates Forums at each election since 1988, offering a free and accessible platform for candidates to engage with the public and discuss community issues. This year, the Forums were streamed live for each of the 19 constituencies for the first time. The 19 Forums drew tens of thousands of views from the Cayman and international community, with the most-watched one, Red Bay, attracting over 12,000 live views. Several thousand viewers have also subsequently watched the forums on the Chamber website.
“The Chamber would like to once again thank the candidates who accepted our invitation to participate in their respective forums, as well as our media partners, including Cayman Marl Road, Government Information Services, Cayman Life TV, Radio Cayman, and ICCI-FM for agreeing to broadcast the forums. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Fosters, along with Affinity Recruitment, Bodden's Legal & Corporate, and Dart for making the Forums possible through their sponsorship,” the Chamber said.