Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Works Derrick Burgess will lead the Bermuda Delegation to the 2011 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester from 2nd – 5th October. Accompanying the Deputy Premier is Permanent Secretary Robert Horton and the team of the Government of Bermuda London Office.
A statement issued by Government said, “The Conservative Party Conference is an opportunity for key stakeholders to understand how Conservative Ministers are developing policies of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, for the future of the United Kingdom.”
“It is essential for Bermuda as a British Overseas Territory to engage with Conservative Ministers, MPs and MEPs within the Coalition Government, to ensure that Bermuda maintains dialogue with policy and decision makers of the UK.”
“Attendance at the Conference comes at an essential time as the UK has launched the consultation process of a new White Paper, to bring together the Coalition Government’s policies on the Overseas Territories.”
On 14th September 2011, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. William Hague in his Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament, outlined:
‘Our strategy is to ensure the constitutional arrangements work effectively to promote the best interests of the territories and of the UK. We are therefore focusing on three practical policy goals:
(i) To strengthen the engagement and interaction between the UK and the territories.
(ii) to work with territories to strengthen good governance arrangements, public financial management and economic planning where this is necessary; and
(iii) to improve the quality and range of support available to the territories.’
At the Conference the Deputy Premier will host a conversational breakfast on Monday 3rd October. The discussion will focus on Bermuda’s relationship with Britain, infrastructure, economy and our future. In the evening the Deputy Premier will host a cocktail networking reception at the Manchester Art Gallery Atrium.