The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce has its new leadership team for 2016 and hopes there will be more teamwork with a government it says has frozen them out over the past few months.
Paul Pearson of Davenport Development took the presidential reins from outgoing leader Barry Bodden. Both men made reference to the lack of government feedback from input provided by the Chamber on a host of labour law issues last autumn, such as raising the minimum wage. Mr. Pearson said it could be inferred that the Chamber has been frozen out lately.
“I think that would be a fair comment,” he said. “We have written a number of letters to a number of different departments. It would be unfair to say we’ve had no dialogue… and hopefully we’ll have dialogue in the very near future.”
Mr. Pearson says the possibility of snap elections would make it a little more difficult to promote Cayman as a stable place to do business, but when it comes to free elections, “to live in a democratic society, there’s never anything wrong with that.”
The Chamber is the country’s largest employer organization has 581 corporate members that employ 17,744 residents.