The Build a Smarter Infrastructure driver group has been meeting regularly to move forward with their list of obejectives as identified in the Future of Cayman Strategic Report. Their progress is recorded below:

a. Objective Progress:

  • The Energy Policy Committee is now working with a Consultant (Castalia Strategic Advisors) to assess and finalize the Energy Policy with an anticipated delivery to the Government by the end October 2012.  It is anticipated that public consultation will be sought through the end of the year, and finalization of the Policy in the first quarter of 2013.

  • The Driver Group is in the process of gathering information to assist with the development of a national infrastructure development plan.

  • Research is currently being carried out to evaluate how other jurisdictions address the important matter of funding long term infrastructural requirements.

  • A Chamber contingent visited Jamaica as guests of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) on a fact finding mission in late 2011 to tour three projects currently under construction at the same time as determining some key facts relating to CHEC and their business practices. CHEC is the company most recently in discussions with the Cayman Islands Government regarding the proposed new port facility. A full report has been made available to the Chamber membership and general public and a special BE INFORMED session was held to present the report and to respond to any questions.

  • Meetings held with representatives from Dart Realty to review and discuss the remediation of the George Town landfill and the establishment of a new site in Bodden Town.

  • Meetings were held with representatives from the Airport Authority to discuss plans to renovate and expand the Owen Roberts International Airport and Gerard Smith Airport in Cayman Brac.

  • Opened new block of classrooms at Cayman Preparatory School

  • Opened two new business classrooms dedicated to Carlyle and Martha McLaughlin Hall at International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) in September 2011

  • Opened the Dr. William Hrudey observatory building at University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) in February 2012

  • Opened a new multi-million dollar National Gallery permanent home in April 2012. The gallery hosts exhibitions, artist residencies and conducts education/reach programmes and research projects.

  • Opened a community vocational training centre in central George Town near the Annex Field in the CNM Building in August 2013. Three core programmes being offered are electrical apprenticeship, air conditioning and plumbing. This project was spearheaded by Mr. Alan Moore.

  • Opened new Government Administration Building in March 2012

  • Redesigned Elgin Avenue roadways and pedestrian sidewalks to facilitate the opening of the new Government Administration Building

  • Completed major road resurfacing in Cayman Brac

  • Began construction on new hurricane shelter facility in Cayman Brac

  • Opened new power plant facility on the Bluff in Cayman Brac

  • Prepared the site works for Public Works Department’s Compound in Cayman Brac

  • Commenced extension Esterley Tibbetts Highway and feeder roads into West Bay. When completed it will assist with traffic management storm water mitigation and long term development plan in Grand Cayman

  • ForCayman Investment Alliance proposal submitted to Government for consideration. This proposal includes four projects: Esterley Tibbetts highway and feeder roads; George Town Landfill remediation; new Waste Management Facility and new Seven Mile Beach Hotel

  • Introduced G4 technology for telecommunications and fibre optic upgrades are currently underway in several locations

  • Upgraded water storage facilities in Red Gate facility in George Town at the Water Authority

  • Upgraded arrival and departure lounges and aircraft aprons at the Owen Roberts International Airport

  • Developed an infrastructure growth plan for the Health City project in East End. Broke ground on the project in August 2012.

  • Commenced construction on Grand Cayman Weather Radar Station in East End in February 2012 to house Doppler radar facility. Project expected to be completed by 2013 hurricane season.

  • Revised  Caribbean Utilities Company feed in tariffs structure for Consumer Owned Renewable Energy generation (CORE) programme in September 2012

  • Introduced new Traffic Law and Regulations in September 2012 which permits the licensing of electric cars in the Cayman Islands

  • Commenced discussions to upgrade port and cruise facilities in George Town, West Bay and Spotts

  • Completed two major private sector distribution centres for food and beverage supplies

  • The Energy Policy Review Committee delivered a presentation at the Chamber’s BE INFORMED series on 26th October 2011 and provided the community with an update on the progress with developing an energy policy for the Cayman Islands.

 

  • The Driver Group is in the process of gathering information to assist with the development of a national infrastructure development plan. All stakeholders are engaged in the process.

 

  • Research is currently being carried out to evaluate how other jurisdictions address the important matter of funding long term infrastructural requirements.

b. Objective Progress

  • A Chamber contingent visited Jamaica as guests of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) on a fact finding mission to tour three projects currently under construction at the same time as determining some key facts relating to CHEC and their business practices. CHEC is the company most recently in discussions with the CI Government regarding the proposed new port facility. A full report has been made available to the Chamber membership and general public and a special BE INFORMED session was held to present the report and the respond to any questions.

 

  • Meetings held with representatives from DART to review and discuss the remediation of the George Town landfill and the establishment of a new site in Bodden Town.

 

  • Meetings held with representatives from the Airport Authority to discuss plans to renovate and expand the Owen Roberts International Airport and Gerard Smith Airport in Cayman Brac.