Fidelity returns with Cayman Economic Outlook

Published by Caymanian Compass – 7 February 2014

Fidelity (Cayman) Limited will host the 11th consecutive “CEO: Cayman Economic Outlook” conference on Feb. 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The annual one-day conference, formerly known as Cayman Business Outlook, aims to educate and inform the local community, including politicians and other business leaders, providing an understanding of the global forces that impact the lives and businesses of those residing and doing business in the Cayman Islands, said Fidelity Group Chairman Anwer Sunderji.

“My view generally is that the prosperity that we have enjoyed historically, whether it is in the United States or indeed in the Caribbean, is not going to come back easy, and that we all have to adapt and retool and reengineer our lives to survive and prosper,” he said. “There are some choices to be made and I am hopeful that this conference will be very thought-provoking, will be very educational, and will get people to think about the future.”

“Fidelity CEO seeks to draw insights from international experts to assist us to connect the dots so we can reach conclusions and reinvent our future,” he added.

The event speakers include Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin, who will address the State of the Nation, before keynote speaker Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and expert on geopolitics, explores how rising emerging market nations are inherently less stable and what this means for the global order. He is the founding chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk and author of “Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World” and “The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?”

He is joined by economist and author Tyler Cowen, who will review the global impact of lower living standards in what he terms “the new normal.”

Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, former minister of tourism of the Bahamas, will focus on how technology can be used in hospitality and tourism to make personal services even more personal.

He will argue that companies that reinvent themselves by using technologies to determine ways to deliver special and personal experiences to customers when they least expect it will have a competitive edge.

Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF president and vice president of FIFA, is the event’s fourth speaker. He will discuss the transformational power of sports and its ability to deliver the highest return of any social investment.

The event concludes with a local panel debating the issues surrounding youth, education and crime in the Cayman Islands.

In 2014, Cayman Business Outlook has rebranded to become CEO: Cayman Economic Outlook. The new name reflects not only a broader scope but also signals the upgrading of virtually every aspect of the 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,” explained Brett Hill, president and CEO of 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.”

Fidelity CEO 214 will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Thursday Feb. 20 The ticket price of US$490 and includes a welcome breakfast, lunch and an end-of-day cocktail reception.

“The conference is a not for profit event and it typically costs us a lot more than the attendance fee, and we are happy to give that back to the community each year,” Mr. Sunderji said.

The full conference agenda and registration details are available online at www.fidelityceo.com.

“Fidelity CEO seeks to draw insights from international experts to assist us to connect the dots so we can reach conclusions and reinvent our future.”
Anwer Sunderji, chairman, Fidelity Group

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