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Panellists announced for Jersey’s biggest business event – the IoD Annual Debate.

Panellists announced for Jersey’s biggest business event – the IoD Annual Debate.

The Island’s chief Brexit negotiator, the chairman of its biggest telco and a trusted tax expert are among the panellists discussing the fundamental issues facing Jersey at this year’s IoD Annual debate.

IoD Jersey’s flagship event, sponsored by Carey Olsen and taking place on Thursday 20 September at the Royal Jersey Showground, is entitled ‘Is Jersey’s Economic Model Sustainable?’ and will be especially pertinent this year, with a new Council of Ministers and new States CEO driving change throughout the civil service – against the backdrop of Brexit and a rapidly evolving business landscape.

Keynote speaker will be Leo Johnson, an accomplished author and broadcaster with a particular interest in sustainable business practices. He is also a partner at PwC, leading its ‘Disruption’ practice, which attempts to predict the trends that impact business and society, whether that be technological, societal, environmental and cultural.

Joining him on the panel will be a number of Jersey-focused hard-hitters, who will debate some of the key challenges facing the Island. They will include: External Relations Minister Ian Gorst; Jersey Finance CEO Geoff Cook; Tracy Garrad, CEO of HSBC in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man; Phil Male, newly appointed Chairman of JT, Digital Jersey CEO Tony Moretta, Gerald Voisin, Owner of Voisins Department Store; and John Riva, Executive Director and Head of Tax at KPMG Channel Islands. More panellists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Returning moderator and renowned news broadcaster Alastair Stewart OBE will also ensure that attendees have the opportunity to question the panel of experts.

Against the backdrop of a newly elected States Chamber, new Chief Minister and States CEO, the Debate will pick up on some of the key themes dominating the recent election to chart a path ahead, with likely questions including:

  • Is our model of low taxes but high-quality services sustainable? Do we need to accept a reduction in scope and/or quality of services or be willing to pay more?
     
  • Almost ten years on from its introduction, is zero-ten working and is it time to reassess the fundamentals of our tax regime? 
     
  • Does economic growth needs population growth and, if it does, will we need to accept a slower pace of growth if we want to control our population?

Commenting on this year’s Debate, IoD Jersey Chairman Chris Clark, said: “Enjoying this beautiful summer, many of us would have taken a moment to remind ourselves just how lucky we are to live in Jersey. We’re also very fortunate to have a buoyant economy but, like the weather, things can change very quickly, and we need to be prepared and avoid complacency.

“At this year’s Debate, we will pick up on many of the themes discussed at last year’s compelling event and also our well-attended inaugural Mid-Term Review. Jersey in 2018 faces some difficult questions and the IoD Annual Debate has established itself as the forum to ask them.”

The IoD Annual Debate will take place on Thursday 20 September at the Royal Jersey Showground from 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm and is open to all Islanders who have an interest in Jersey’s future. Places and tables of 12 can be booked at £90 per person, including a two-course supper, through www.iod.je, while further information is also available at the IoD Jersey LinkedIn Group and by following @iodjersey and #iodjsydebate on Twitter.