CEO panel to tackle youth, crime and education

| 06/02/2014

(CNS): With Cayman’s Jeffery Webb, the president of CONCACAF, headlining at this year’s Fidelity CEO conference later this month, organisers have revealed that he will be joining the panel discussion on youth crime and education at the event, as well as delivering his own presentation. On the panel Webb will answer questions on why sport in Cayman is not necessarily helping enough youngsters stay out of trouble. Alongside Webb will be the outspoken and candid Johan Moxam, who is now the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and three other local leaders, who are yet to be revealed. The public is being invited to submit questions for the panellist, which will cover the local hot button topics.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday about this year’s event, which is now called the Cayman Economic Outlook, Fidelity group chair Anwer Sunderji said they would do all they could to ensure a lively and provocative the panel debate, which is usually a highlight of the conference. Last year, with the election approaching, the no-show by McKeeva Bush, who has just been ousted as premier with the help of his former colleagues, left opposition leader at the time, now Premier Alden McLaughlin, and former deputy premier Rolston Anglin falling over each other to agree, leaving  just Ellio Solomon to stir up a different point of view.

However, in past years the panel has created sparks and some interesting positions and Sunderji saidhe was hoping that when the full panel was assembled, the combination of personalities and the right questions submitted by the public will see them express themselves honestly about what has gone wrong with education, what is leading young people into crime and what else can be done to stem the rising tide and give young people hope and a better experience in school.

Ahead of the panel discussion, conference organisers have lined up a number of interesting speakers that will be talking about what they see ahead for the world economy and Cayman’s position in it. Speakers include, Webb who will be talking about the transforming power of sport.

With the rebranding of the conference for a more modern look, Brett Hill, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Limited said there would be a number of other new touches to what everyone hopes will be a capacity conference.

“The aim with CEO is to significantly boost interest and attendance, especially by attracting a sophisticated audience from further afield. We’ve carefully looked at every element of the event experience – before, during and after and determined how each could be improved,” said Brett Hill, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Limited. “Our audience this year will note improvements across the myriad of touch points, plus the addition of new tactical features including web and social media platforms,a dramatic new stage setting and outdoor marketing in play during the countdown to this year’s event.”

The conference is also a month later this year and organisers confirmed that the move to February will be permanent as it moves it away from the very peak of the tourist season and a clash with the World Economic Forum that usually takes place around the same time in Davos and can be something of a distraction from the local event.

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  1. Sleepless In Cayman says:

    While this annual conference is a good idea, I am at a loss to know what the organisers are thinking. At a previous cost of ci$250 I had to seriously consider the value of attending. I suppose I went as a way of forgetting my own small problems for the day in an effort to understand the bigger picture. At ci$400 I do not have to consider attending since I simply can't afford it. I think many local business owners will be in the same situation in 2014…so I have to ask who this is will be appealing to? Although the 'social' topics are worthwhile, maybe better tackled at another, more accessible forum. 

  2. The real bobo says:

    All of these Industrialists discussing a problem that they help to create contributing to by not finding ways collectively to fund endeavours to fully assist the social woes, to lift people out of the mire created by the unbridled  expansion of the Cayman Islands. Yes they contribute in salaries and buildings and yes scholarships and walk-athons, marathons, charity balls etc, but, do these help to root out the real problems? Have they not made much more money from being here than they have contributed?.

    meaningful discussion should beget meaningful contribution and action to really make these islands a viable, sustainable society where all are given a chance to succeed and be worthy citizens of a vibrant and equitable society.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about these so called conferences to tackle the problems…youth gangs have been a problem for years and was totally ignored and denied, rehabilitation, lets not get started again years ago..we are i believe to far gone to fix the problems we have

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rehabilitation is a myth.  Those that want to change do change.  They are the tiny minority.  No programme changes the outcome.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our biggest problem is rehabilitation and integration back into society. As soon as a youngster commits an offense, we place them on the news, ostracize them, and when they serve time with thugs that make them smarter, no one wants to give them a job… so they end up under social pressures commit offences again. It would have been better you ship them to the UK to start a new life than to be here after their reputations are gone.