The Cayman Islands’ approach to the development of the financial services sector recognises that an appropriate regulatory and international cooperation environment is not an impediment to, but rather a key driver of, commercial success. Unfortunately, the focus of the global economic crisis has resulted in various initiatives driven by larger, more politically powerful countries, including legislative proposals before the US Congress targeting the use of offshore financial centres by US firms...
Anti-offshore advocates regularly make the point that jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands are to blame for the fiscal woes of their respective governments be this in the UK, USA or elsewhere. There continue to be several weaknesses in their arguments but it has also been a more than curious observation that their advocacy efforts focused more abroad than at home.
Politicians in the U.S. have brought their campaigns to a new low by calling each other unpatriotic for using the Cayman Islands. Few of them remain fully insulated from the “Cayman benefits” - even those insulting other candidates without doing their homework.
Many of the smaller countries competing in financial services – including Cayman – have struggled over the years to find a balance on immigration policy. If it gets it right, Cayman will have a significant advantage over other IFCs, who are also struggling to find the right balance in their immigration policies.
On 15 March, 2013, the Cayman Islands government announced its intention to sign an agreement with the United States authorities to adopt a Model 1 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) in response to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.