In any well ordered democracy the role played by representative groups is critical, be they from business, youth groups, sport or other social and community interest.
The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce has an important role, to represent the collective interests of the business community which drives the economy of the Falkland Islands. It also has a role to help co-ordinate and promote the views and activities of the other sector focussed representative groups in fisheries (FIFCA), agriculture and camp businesses (RBA) and tourism (FITA). We are stronger working together.
The Chamber belongs to it’s members, and its principle role is to represent their collective interests. Essentially this requires regular and constructive dialogue with Government and other key organisations which form part of a small but active and prosperous business community. We are specifically not the opposition to the elected Government, nor are we an alternative voice for dissenting political views. But we are a conduit to ensure that the Government properly understands the concerns of the business community which sustains it, and which it is elected to represent.
My brief tenure as Chair has seen the development of a close and professional working relationship with Government, to help it develop policies which support the interests of business. The importance of early engagement in the formation of policy decisions cannot be overstated, to ensure that all relevant views and interests are taken into consideration.
The Falkland Islands has enjoyed spectacular economic growth in the last 35 years. Working together we can continue to underpin and continue that growth, respecting our community, political and environmental responsibilities.
Mike Summers OBE
Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce