Sunday 27 September, 2020

Cayman premier urges support of local businesses 

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin.

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin.

Premeir Alden McLaughlin is urging Caymanians to support local businesses in order to aid the recovery of the territory's economy.

Cayman's economy, like many others worldwide, took a blow as the deadly novel coronavirus swept across the globe, starting in December 2019, bringing a halt to travel and trade for the most part.

Caribbean countries such as Cayman that depend on the tourist dollar were especially impacted. 

On Friday, McLaughlin took to social media as he crusaded on behalf of local businesses.

"Thanks to all our local businesses who have worked hard throughout COVID to provide us with quality services," he posted on Facebook.

"I encourage everyone to support local businesses. When you shop local, you’re supporting our people and their families and helping to aid our recovery," he added.

It is to be seen what, if any, impact the premier's rallying cry will have on weekend shopping or how the public will respond in the days ahead.

McLaughlin's plea came just days after he announced at a press conference on Tuesday that his administration is set to make "exciting" announcements that will assist businesses and boost the economy.

“We are doing a lot of exciting things in terms of measures to help businesses and the economy and to increase employment,” McLaughlin said Tuesday.

“I think in the next week or two weeks we [will] be able to make some very exciting announcements and most people will be very happy with how that improves their chances of surviving from a business standpoint,” he added.

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