Chamber President Paul Pearson says he’s disappointed, but not surprised at Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin’s position that the permanent residency situation may not be addressed before elections.
He says government’s continuing failure to deal with the issue is creating instability in the business community and if the problem persists Cayman could find itself facing a brain drain.
“The message is it needs to be fixed for sure,” Mr Pearson says.
President Pearson, speaking on the growing permanent residence application backlog that’s got just over nine hundred people in limbo, .
“It’s in the construction industry, it’s in the hospitality industry, its in the health care industry, it’s absolutely across the board where people are waiting and seeing and it’s obviously the instability of it,” he says.
Mr Pearson says he’s spoken to Premier McLaughlin in caucus on the issue and seeks a speedy resolution, but Mr McLaughlin’s on record saying don’t expect a solution before May 24.
“When the (Ritch) report came out and it was obvious the report was not being made public we all kinda know this was going to be the case, so it wasn’t unexpected, I guess disappointing, but not unexpected,” he says.
The Chamber president explains the business community is feeling the pinch as morale is declining among affected employees, adding the current situation could see Cayman losing out on attracting the best and the brightest.
“There is a lot of instability in not having a regime, a proper regime laid out and set forth,” he says.
In October 2013 a new points system was introduced by the Progressives-led administration. No PR application submitted since the law change has been approved.
Chief justice Anthony Smellie was highly critical of the system prompting government to commission a review by the Ritch and Connolly law firm that report is in the Premier’s hands and he’s not making it public.