January 23, 2022

Premier speaks on Cayman Islands’ e-Government leadership at Barbados conference

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin travelled to Barbados over the weekend to speak at the ‘Central Bank Meets Blockchain’ Conference about the on-going successes of the Cayman Islands in its continuing work to improve e-Government services and embrace digital technologies and industries. Mr. McLaughlin will join a number of other distinguished speakers at the conference, including Barbados Prime Minister, Hon. Mia Mottley.

Chief Economist Marla Dukharan of Bitt Inc., a Barbados based technology company focused on digital payments, extended the invitation to the Premier to speak. She has repeatedly touted the Cayman Islands as “the best run economy in the Caribbean” in talks and discussions around the region.

On the first day, Premier McLaughlin met with Sen. Kay S. McConney, who heads up the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Smart Technology, and her Ministry team to discuss the Cayman Islands’ wide ranging programme of e-Government initiatives. Barbados has looked at the advances made by Cayman in recent years regarding e-Government and is seeking to move along a similar path.

At the conference the Premier will speak to the regional leadership role the Cayman Islands has taken in progressive reforms and help showcase Cayman’s successes through the development of legislation, regulation and policy in relation to e-Government and digital technology.

“I am honoured to have been asked to speak at this conference where, I am told, the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Mottley, has committed to follow many of the e-Government initiatives we are adopting and the encouragement we are providing to attract companies that operate in the digital sector,” said Mr. McLaughlin.

E-government initiatives were a key priority of the last administration led by Premier McLaughlin and the e-Government unit was created with the Premier as the Minister responsible for the unit. E-Government has continued as a key priority for the current Government with several initiatives under way.

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IMAGE: Premier Alden McLaughlin File Photo

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