Premier To Travel To The Azores For Official Visit

May 1, 2016

Premier Michael Dunkley will be travelling to the Azores and New York next week. From May 2nd to May 5th, the Premier will be on an official visit to the Azores for the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] between the Governments of Bermuda and the Azores.

The significance of the MOU is to strengthen the historic and cultural ties between the two countries. The MOU signing takes place on May 3.

A spokesperson said, “The public will recall that last June representatives from the Azorean Government visited Bermuda to meet with government officials as well as members of the Island’s Azorean community.

“During the visit, the Premier welcomed the group to the Cabinet Office to discuss matters of mutual interest and the Azorean Government invited him to make an official visit to the Azores.

“Next week while in the Azores, the Premier will also participate in a number of meetings and activities, including an official dinner hosted by the President of the Government of the Autonomous Region of Azores honouring the Premier.

“Other events and activities that the Premier will engage in include:

  • A visit to the Pico Vermelho Geothermal Power Station;
  • A visit to NONAGON – São Miguel Science and Technology Park to meet with the Board of
  • A visit to the Image of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres – Lord Holy Christ of Miracles – and its Treasure;
  • A courtesy call to the President of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Azores; and
  • A visit to the Oceanography and Fisheries Department of the University of the Azores.

“The Premier is accompanied to the Azores by Trevor G. Moniz, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dr. Derrick Binns, Secretary to the Cabinet and Kimberley Durrant, the Bermuda Government’s London Office Representative.

“In a related note, this past weekend, Premier Dunkley participated in a brief media interview for the RTP Internacional television service, the Portuguese public broadcaster.

“The station is on-island doing a profile piece on Bermuda’s annual Portuguese Festival this weekend. During the interview, the Premier spoke about Bermuda’s close cultural ties to the Azores and his upcoming trip this week.

“Following his Azores visit, the Premier will travel to New York on May 5th to participate in activities in support of the America’s Cup World Series [ACWS] events taking place in the city that weekend.

“Prior to the ACWS events, Premier Dunkley will make a special appearance at Yankee Stadium on May 6, where he will throw out the symbolic first pitch at the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox baseball game. “Auld Mug”, the America’s Cup Trophy, will also be on display at the game, which is expected to have nearly 50,000 spectators in attendance.

“The Premier will also engage in media outreach to promote Bermuda while in New York.”

The last visit by a Premier to the Azores was in 1981, when the late Sir David Gibbons travelled to the country.

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  1. After all that traveling etc. be sure to practice pitching, we don’t want / need anymore embarrassments

  2. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Bermuda and the Azores have many Ancestry,Financial, Cultural,Religious,Racial ,and Political ties with Bermuda.The black slave trade with Africa and Portugal ties them inextricably with Black Bermudians.Portuguese Bermudians and African Bermudians commonly called Black Bermudians have lived and worked peaceably together for centuries.More so than any other European immigrants since the country was discovered ,the island until today,has links with Portugal,or what is commonly now the Azores today .I pray that the Portuguese ancestry and the African Ancestors now live together as equal partners and not as Slave Masters and Slaves as some of them would perceive,or indeed,want it to be.Peace.

    • Rhonda says:

      The absence of war is not peace. They were forced into the same playpen to exist together.

    • That wont happen, they would loose their underserved priviledge.

  3. Seascape says:

    Mr. Dunkley – Pay attention to the beautiful, clean and tidy roadsides and parks in the Azores. Very different to Bermuda’s roadsides and parks that are overgrown and hardly maintained. Need to bring back the Portuguese workers on limited basis to teach others how to keep them maintained.

  4. This man is a piece of BAD work.

  5. Kathy says:

    While you are across the pond, Premier Dunkley, can you also divert to Graciosa island and see how they are converting to 100% renewable energy!!! It is an opportunity not to be missed. If you need a tour, I can arrange one for you!!!

    The new, hybrid power system they are installing on Graciosa can immediately use until 100 percent sun and wind power. The Diesel generators will only be needed for back-up in weeks with very poor weather conditions. This means they can cover an annual average of up to 65 percent of the island’s power demand with renewables.

    CHECK IT OUT!!!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Until Bermuda admits the role that the White British oligarch with the support of the Azores, played in the aftermath of slavery, the great divide of mistrust will continue.

  7. sage says:

    I hope they ask him how we deal with drugs in Bermuda.

  8. Interesting says:

    We’re paying for 4 people to go and strengthen ties? Waste of money!

    time for dunkley to step down and let someone who really knows what they are doing take over.

  9. @ Interesting. “During the visit, the Premier welcomed the group to the Cabinet Office to discuss matters of mutual interest and the Azorean Government invited him to make an official visit to the Azores. A spokesperson said, “The public will recall that last June representatives from the Azorean Government visited Bermuda to meet with government officials as well as members of the Island’s Azorean community.”