Eric Bush to head Cayman’s newest ministry
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson recently announced the appointment of Eric Bush, who is expected to lead the soon to be operational Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs.
Bush’s appointment took effect on February 4, 2019. However, Bush will continue to perform his duties as the Cayman Islands’ Representative in the UK and Europe, returning home in late July.
“The Ministry will focus on capitalising on our current successes whilst identifying new opportunities to secure the future of the Cayman Islands. We will aim to broaden and enhance our international image and to ensure that Government’s interactions across the globe, in areas like financial services, tourism or our aviation and maritime registries, are conducted with one voice," said Bush of his latest appointment.
Achievements during his time in London thus far include coordinating the recent constitutional discussions, as well as the Celebrate Cayman launch event in May 2018.
Early in his tenure he revived the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Cayman Islands, a group of legislators across the United Kingdom (UK) political spectrum. He has also travelled frequently throughout the UK, in places like Cornwall and Wales, to promote the Cayman Islands.
Currently the Chairperson of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA), he has served as the Cayman Islands liaison to the European Union, attending meetings of the Overseas Countries and Territories in Brussels.Explaining the importance of the appointment Manderson remarked, ‘It was vital that the new Ministry have a Chief Officer as soon as possible, to finalise its development, appoint staff and arrange a budget. I congratulate Mr Bush on this new role and look forward to his return to the Civil Service leadership team.’
The Deputy Governor added that Bush was the only current Chief Officer to express interest in a transfer to the Ministry. Manderson made the transfer following consultation with Premier Alden McLaughlin, who will serve as Minister for the new ministry.