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15 May 2015, The Cayman Islands - "2015/16 Policy Statement: Toward a Better Tommorrow", Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Government

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Government has decided to move ahead with plans to introduce Daylight Saving Time (DST) to the Cayman Islands. Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin said they’re looking to do so by March 2016.

“After careful consideration, Madam Speaker, Government has agreed to move forward with legislation to implement Daylight Saving Time,” the premier told the Legislative Assembly on Friday (15 May).

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"for many years, those in the Financial Services and Tourism sectors have asked Government to consider implementing Daylight Saving Time noting a myriad of financial and other benefits.

In October last year I advised the Country that a public consultation process around the issue would commence. In late 2014 a public survey was undertaken by the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment that concluded that the majority of people responding were in favour of implementing Daylight Saving Time and believed the benefits would outweigh any inconveniences.

After careful consideration, Madam Speaker, Government has agreed to move forward with legislation to implement Daylight Saving Time.

We believe, as does the business community and those who support it’s implementation, that the benefits are clear, Madam Speaker.

These include elimination of confusion over travel times, putting our financial industry in sync with New York, and putting an end to early arrivals and departures of cruise ships, benefitting stores, restaurants, taxis, tour operators and many more small businesses.

Not only could businesses better cater to customers, but hopefully they will be able to make more sales and get more taxi fares. It also means those living on our Islands will enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. All of this could mean millions more in our coffers and the added hour of sunlight after a hard day at work will also be a blessing.

We believe the time for change has arrived and we propose to introduce Daylight Saving Time to the Cayman Islands in March 2016."

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