By Lindsey Turnbull
With the theme ‘Global integration or dis-integration?’ at its heart, this year’s Cayman Economic Outlook Conference is set to provide some serious food for thought when it comes to determining Cayman’s continued role within the global economy.
This is the fifteenth year that Fidelity has put on its Cayman Economic Outlook Conference and each year they manage to bring in international speakers who are at the top of their game when it comes to the wider topical issues of the day.
To kick off the proceedings, it is customary for the Premier to give an update on current government projects and this year’s event will therefore see Premier Alden McLaughlin lead the day with his annual address which will include a reflection on 2017 and projections for the year ahead.
For their 2018 conference, Fidelity, along with their consistent raft of co-partners (who this year include Campbells, CUC, Dart, Evolving Island, Five Continents Financial, PwC Cayman, Savage Consulting and Yello Media Group), are bringing five experts to engage and challenge the audience. Speakers include novelist, columnist and blogger Jamie Metzl, whose speciality is Asian affairs and biotechnology policy, along with Executive VP and COO of The Future Hunters, Erica Orange, a specialist in evaluating economic, political and environmental trends for Fortune 500 companies. Consumer financing, banking and capital markets expert Diego Zuluaga Laguna will be making a presentation, as will Dr Kent Moors, Executive Chair of the Energy Capital Research Group, and Marco Santori, an authority in the law of blockchain technology. Topics up for discussion include the current backlash to globalisation, Brexit and cryptocurrencies.
At a press conference to launch the 2018 conference, Bill Messer from co-sponsor Five Continents Financial said the CEO was a great way for anyone interested in gaining a current global perspective to hear the opinions of some top international speakers all in one day, and at the same time rub shoulders with local business professionals. CUC’s Richard Hew added that CEO was a great event for business leaders within the community to attend to allow them to appreciate the context within which the Cayman Islands operates when it comes to the global economy.
CEO 2018 takes place on Thursday 1st February at the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa. Tickets are US$490 per person with discounts for groups of five or more. Early bird rate of US$425 is available until 17th January. Visit fidelityceo.com for more information.