Jamaican nationals who visit the Cayman Islands are set to benefit from a change in visa requirements at the start of the new year.

Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush has announced that local authorities are to change the present visa requirements for Jamaicans by January.

He said the change was being made to improve his country’s business environment.

The Cayman Premier said visa exemptions will be put in place for Jamaican Nationals who hold valid United States, United Kingdom or Canadian visas.

He also announced the introduction of a new 1-5 day business visa for persons travelling to the country for legitimate business purposes.

The announcement was made at the recent Northern Caribbean Conference on Economic Co-operation held in Grand Cayman which facilitated 160 representatives of government and the private sector from across the sub-region.

The conference, which was sponsored by the Jamaica National Building Society focused on issues relating to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding who also addressed the conference called for deliberations to focus on areas that offer opportunities to ease the migration of skilled individuals.

Mr. Golding lamented that Caribbean countries spend too much time struggling to compete with each other instead of pooling energies and resources to compete with the rest of the world.

He said in a ferociously competitive global environment there is need for the region to make itself  just as good as the best, but slightly better in order to attract investors.

Source: RJR News