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Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy is speaking up on another’s behalf. It means the Chamber actively engages with political and government decision-makers at the local, regional, and international levels to deliver real results for our members and the broader community. Because Chamber membership uniquely represents the full spectrum of industries operating here, input from Chamber representatives on policy topics is always eagerly sought after and highly valued. Government Ministers, departments, and agencies actively seek the Chamber’s input in the policy-development process, inviting Chamber representatives to sit on national committees, panels, and discussion groups that help shape Cayman’s future.

Gathering Data

Effective advocacy starts with listening to the person you represent. The Chamber has spent many years cultivating a listening culture, which encourages feedback from our members through a wide variety of channels. Member-based surveys, research papers, focus groups, and industry roundtables guide our advocacy positions on key areas including financial services, tourism, health care, technology, economic development, infrastructure, education, and workforce development.

Representation Begins With Our Members

Once identified, issues are discussed at the Council level and then taken to working groups and task forces that determine whether policy work should be undertaken. Members are encouraged to get involved at every stage, by completing the surveys we send out and by volunteering to serve the Council, working groups, or special projects.

Position Papers set forth the Chamber’s position on issues once they have been identified through member feedback and discussed by the Chamber Council. They are published on our website or sent to government officials and relevant agencies for consideration.

Member Surveys are periodically sent to members via email. They consist of a series of a broad spectrum of questions designed to provide comprehensive and reliable data which fairly and accurately represents member’s views. Our annual State of Business Survey invites member responses on topics covering every aspect of business, the community, infrastructure, and the environment through a mix of closed and open-ended questions. Other surveys, like our Minimum Wage Survey or our Traffic Survey, focus on key issues affecting our members, as they emerge.

Our Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan sets out the key areas that the Chamber has identified and wishes to address. It is subject to change as new issues and new priorities emerge.

Advocacy 

Advocacy is speaking up on another’s behalf. It means the Chamber actively engages with political and government decision-makers at the local, regional, and international levels to deliver real results for our members and the broader community. Because Chamber membership uniquely represents the full spectrum of industries operating here, input from Chamber representatives on policy topics is always eagerly sought after and highly valued. Government Ministers, departments, and agencies actively seek the Chamber’s input in the policy-development process, inviting Chamber representatives to sit on national committees, panels, and discussion groups that help shape Cayman’s future.

Gathering Data

Effective advocacy starts with listening to the person you represent. The Chamber has spent many years cultivating a listening culture, which encourages feedback from our members through a wide variety of channels. Member-based surveys, research papers, focus groups, and industry roundtables guide our advocacy positions on key areas including financial services, tourism, health care, technology, economic development, infrastructure, education, and workforce development.

Representation Begins With Our Members

Once identified, issues are discussed at the Council level and then taken to working groups and task forces that determine whether policy work should be undertaken. Members are encouraged to get involved at every stage, by completing the surveys we send out and by volunteering to serve the Council, working groups, or special projects.

Position Papers set forth the Chamber’s position on issues once they have been identified through member feedback and discussed by the Chamber Council. They are published on our website or sent to government officials and relevant agencies for consideration.

Member Surveys are periodically sent to members via email. They consist of a series of a broad spectrum of questions designed to provide comprehensive and reliable data which fairly and accurately represents member’s views. Our annual State of Business Survey invites member responses on topics covering every aspect of business, the community, infrastructure, and the environment through a mix of closed and open-ended questions. Other surveys, like our Minimum Wage Survey or our Traffic Survey, focus on key issues affecting our members, as they emerge.

Our Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan sets out the key areas that the Chamber has identified and wishes to address. It is subject to change as new issues and new priorities emerge.

Our Advocacy Agenda is divided into four main areas:

Education and Workforce Development

Finding and retaining local talent is one of the greatest challenges facing the business community. Many school leavers who find employment out of high school lack basic literacy and numeracy skills and therefore find it difficult to advance in the workplace or even to retain their jobs. Financial services, health care, information technology, and vocational and technical jobs demand a higher level of skill.

We advocate for increased investment and focus in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in all schools to meet the needs of Cayman’s changing economy. Read the Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan.

Economic Growth and Diversification

Growing the economy and introducing new streams of business is essential for Cayman’s future. Offshore financial services and tourism are under intense competition and so we need to ensure that other sectors can create the jobs of tomorrow and to work to maintain our existing industries. There is a need for a coordinated approach that will involve all stakeholders to establish a national dialogue and structured approach to inward investment and economic development. Read the Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan and watch Growth Matters https://www.growthmatters.ky/

 

Regulatory Efficiencies

Cayman Islands businesses want their regulatory requirements to be simple to understand, easy to follow, and effective at getting their intended results. Onerous reporting requirements or slow processes add time and costs, especially for micro and small businesses that do not have large administrative resources. Advocacy efforts focus on calling for changes that ensure fair rules, efficient processes, and timely decisions. We advocate for the establishment of a predictable business environment so local businesses can expand and for making the Cayman Islands an attractive place to do business so that companies choose to come here after considering their alternatives. Read the Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan.

 

Quality of Life

Strong communities are the foundation of Cayman Islands society. We must ensure that all districts share in the economic success and enjoy a good standard of living and quality of life. Creating jobs, keeping our communities safe, protecting our precious natural resources, and addressing emerging social issues must remain at the forefront of the national agenda. Improving communications and collaboration will help to maximize resources and focus on issues that are of the greatest benefit to the widest audience in our community. Read the Advocacy Agenda and Action Plan.

Advocacy Events such as the Parliamentary Luncheon and the Economic Forum enable members to directly engage with decision-makers and senior government representatives through discussion and by asking questions. The Chamber organizes many events designed to encourage dialogue and explore new ideas throughout each year. More about Chamber Events can be found here: