The Falklands look to the future

11 Sep

The 2012 census conducted on the Falkland Islands reveals a total of 2932 residents living in the archipelago. This information comes at the same time as a review is taking place concerning the immigration needs of the British Overseas Territory in light of the expanding oil and gas industry, and the infrastructure needs to support it.

Head of Policy for the Islands, Jamie Fotheringham, said of the review; “The Economic Development Strategy identifies the immigration system as being one of the key constraints to economic growth in the Islands. The key issue is whether the current system is suitable for meeting future labour market and skills needs; at present there is very little spare capacity in the labour market but yet there are ambitious plans for developments in oil, tourism and for increased jobs in Camp.”

The review will establish whether the immigration policy can be improved, “to better meet the economic development needs of the islands,” he said.

A number of local companies are already raising their game to meet the needs of the future.  A joint venture company between Neil McKay Ltd and Byron Marine Ltd began planning for service provision to the oil industry several years ago. Director Lewis Clifton said: “Evidence of commitment at the local level can be seen either in terms of increased capital assets (machinery, plant, cranes, fork lifts, heavy goods trucks, and supply base facilities) warehouses, hard standing, laydown and offices, and significant increases in numbers of employees to make the assets work and support the offshore supply chain. Importantly, employees must not only be multi-talented, but must be certificated to operate in the logistics supply chain to UK North Sea standards.”

Life goes on in the Falkland Islands, despite the posturing of Argentina. The Falkland Islands have been British since 1765.


One Response to “The Falklands look to the future”

  1. Bloke September 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Having a two relatives, one who visited the islands in the sixties and one who fought to free the falklands from the Argtard invader in 82, and having met several falkland natives, in addition to my natural curiosity to see beautiful wildlife…the falklands are definitely top of my list of holiday destinations next year.

    No timeshare wankers, no restrictions on currency trades, no one trying to push banana sculptures on me. Just a community of folks happy to live where they are, develop their home and take life in their stride.

    If the Falkland Islanders vote to become independant next year, it’ll be understandable but saddening. A group of more focussed, entreprenurial and generally wonderful people you couldn’t wish to meet. Maintaining ties with Britain is as much a priviege for us the islanders ❤

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