Premier Burt To Attend Joint Ministerial Council

November 24, 2017 | 27 Comments

Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt provided an overview of his upcoming trip to London and Europe, detailing some of the meetings and events he will attend, adding that he plans to ”reiterate that Bermuda is a leader global tax transparency and that we are fully compliant with our international obligations.”

Speaking in the House of Assembly today [Nov 24], the Premier said, “I rise today to inform this Honourable House about my visit to the United Kingdom, next week to attend the annual Joint Ministerial Council [JMC],

“The JMC is the highest forum for political dialogue and consultation between United Kingdom and elected leaders and representatives of the British Overseas Territories for the purposes of providing leadership and promoting cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

“I look forward to engaging with Her Majesty’s Government and representing Bermuda and all British Overseas Territory Governments as the President of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association, Political Council. I will be accompanied by Ms Kimberley Durrant, UK Representative within the Government of Bermuda London Office.

“The priorities for this year will highlight issues such as upholding our right to self-determination as enshrined under Article 73 of the United Nations Charter and that this continues to apply to the people of the overseas territories, as the UK’s international obligation.

“Other issues to be discussed will include working in partnership with all governments to support the disaster recovery of those territories sadly impacted by recent hurricanes.

“We will also discuss matters of Tax and Transparency which continues to be a shared priority for us all. We will update the UK Government on the measures taken by this Government to uphold our commitment in implementing the arrangements under the Exchange of Notes to allow law enforcement to exchange beneficial ownership information.

The Premier said that while in London he will attend various Parliamentary meetings and events including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May,  open the Bermuda Forum organised by the Bermuda Business Development Agency, and host a networking reception for Bermudians living in the UK on November 27th.

Premier Burt added that “uncertainty in Brussels and across the EU” requires Bermuda to “engage directly at a political level to educate lawmakers in key member states of the European Union about Bermuda’s leadership in international tax transparency and compliance.”

“Given this continued and urgent need, while abroad, I will also travel to Paris & Berlin for meetings with officials who are responsible for tax matters in these countries,” the Premier said.

“During those meetings I will reiterate that Bermuda is a leader global tax transparency and that we are fully compliant with our international obligations.

The Premier’s full statement follows below:

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Speaker,

I rise today to inform this Honourable House about my visit to the United Kingdom, next week to attend the annual Joint Ministerial Council [JMC] at the invitation of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Mr. Speaker, The JMC is the highest forum for political dialogue and consultation between United Kingdom and elected leaders and representatives of the British Overseas Territories for the purposes of providing leadership and promoting cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Mr Speaker,

I look forward to engaging with Her Majesty’s Government and representing Bermuda and all British Overseas Territory Governments as the President of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association, Political Council. I will be accompanied by Ms Kimberley Durrant, UK Representative within the Government of Bermuda London Office.

Mr Speaker,

The priorities for this year will highlight issues such as upholding our right to self-determination as enshrined under Article 73 of the United Nations Charter and that this continues to apply to the people of the overseas territories, as the UK’s international obligation.

Other issues to be discussed will include working in partnership with all governments to support the disaster recovery of those territories sadly impacted by recent hurricanes. We applaud the UK’s recent announcement of an additional £15m to support programmes in reconstructing those territories for their viable economic future. As territories we will be further encouraging the UK Government to provide all support to these territories where it is reasonable.

This Honourable House will recall recently I met with Leaders of those territories impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria at a meeting in Miami. As leaders from the Caribbean and Bermuda we acknowledged that in any natural disaster, there are lessons to be learned. We look forward to outlining a plan for regional disaster management cooperation and seeking assistance from the UK in the areas of:

  • Recovery
  • Re-Construction and redevelopment
  • Resilience Building; and
  • Preparedness and Mitigation

Finally Mr. Speaker, we will also discuss matters of Tax and Transparency which continues to be a shared priority for us all. We will update the UK Government on the measures taken by this Government to uphold our commitment in implementing the arrangements under the Exchange of Notes to allow law enforcement to exchange beneficial ownership information. The UK Government continues to uphold the UK Anti-Corruption strategy as a priority under the Cabinet Office and this Government will continue to ensure that we meet our obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Mr Speaker,

I also look forward to having dialogue on areas of Health, Human Rights, Child Safeguarding, Environment and Climate Change. These areas affect vulnerable Small Island States and Bermuda has much to offer in sharing our areas of expertise at the same time learning from others who have made substantial achievement in programmes within these areas.

Mr Speaker,

While in London I will be attending various Parliamentary meetings and events including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, within the margins of the JMC.

On Tuesday, 28th November, 1 will be opening the Bermuda Forum organised by the Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA] representing more than two-dozen Bermuda executives participating in a multi-industry forum being held in London next week to showcase the breadth of expertise and advantages offered by the island’s global business market. It will feature top regulatory and industry leaders in moderated discussion panels covering re/insurance, captive insurance, insurance-linked securities, asset management, family offices, and trust and private-client business.

Mr. Speaker,

I am delighted to be hosting a networking reception for Bermudians living in the United Kingdom on Monday 27th November at 7:30 pm at the Clubhouse, 8 St James’s Square, London. The annual event is organised by the Government of Bermuda London Office. This year we have extended an invitation to key industry stakeholders who will be in London attending the Bermuda Business Development event. This event provides an opportunity for those studying and recently graduated in the United Kingdom to network with key executives and influencers throughout the Bermuda business community.

Mr. Speaker,

I acknowledge there is a growing population of Bermudians who relocated to the UK in areas outside of London. It is my intention that next year there will be a similar event in the north of England to accommodate Bermudians who do not live in or around London.

We had hoped to host a second event outside of London during this visit. However due to pressing matters specific to Bermuda’s reputation in the European Union and the numerous meetings already lined up, we were unable to add it to the schedule.

Mr Speaker,

Last month I informed this Honourable House of my visit to mainland Europe as a result of the uncertainty in Brussels and across the EU. This uncertainty requires Bermuda to engage directly at a political level to educate lawmakers in key member states of the European Union about Bermuda’s leadership in international tax transparency and compliance. Given this continued and urgent need, while abroad, I will also travel to Paris & Berlin for meetings with officials who are responsible for tax matters in these countries.

During those meetings I will reiterate that Bermuda is a leader global tax transparency and that we are fully compliant with our international obligations.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

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  1. Um.... says:

    We need to invest in teleconferencing equipment or our own airline. Both will save money over the travel expenditure of this new government.

  2. Complicated says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if, in addition to be being a leader in global tax transparency, that our Government were equally transparent in their domestic affairs?

  3. wahoo says:

    Can anyone explain why the price of carrots is not reflective of the quality?

  4. sandgrownan says:

    If he keeps his mouth closed, we’ll be ok

      • Failing Schools System says:

        So the PLP won. So did Donald Trump!
        Burt is the leader of Bermuda. Why is it that he must travel more than Trump?

        I remember , not so long ago when you were critical of every trip that the OBA ministers took. They travelled less, and spent less, and all expenses were shared with the public.

        For some reason, now that its Burt, you have zero criticism?

        Are you friend or family?

      • keyboard says:

        =37, according to Burt

      • aceboy says:

        Good answer good answer

        Survey SAYS?

        X

  5. Stevie says:

    More money wasted by PLP.

  6. Spanner breath says:

    Hope he’s travelling in class, close to the pilot.
    Well I wonder if we will hear anything on the buses.
    The port Royal case
    The Lahey case
    I guess there still reviewing the airport contract.
    All hot air to get voted in.

  7. puzzled says:

    Trump wants to build a wall.
    Burt wants divide and bleed.
    Then you all can eat Lying Fish.

  8. Rocky5 says:

    UNITED NATIONS CHARTER
    CHAPTER XI
    DECLARATION REGARDING NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES
    Article 73
    Members of the United Nations which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of territories whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants of these territories are paramount, and accept as a sacred trust the obligation to promote to the utmost, within the system of international peace and security established by the present Charter, the well-being of the inhabitants of these territories, and, to this end:
    to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the peoples concerned, their political, economic, social, and educational advancement, their just treatment, and their protection against abuses;
    to develop self-government, to take due account of the political aspirations of the peoples, and to assist them in the progressive development of their free political institutions, according to the particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples and their varying stages of advancement;
    to further international peace and security;
    to promote constructive measures of development, to encourage research, and to co-operate with one another and, when and where appropriate, with specialized international bodies with a view to the practical achievement of the social, economic, and scientific purposes set forth in this Article; and
    to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General, for informational purposes, subject to such limitation as security and constitutional considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature relating to economic, social, and educational conditions in the territories for which they are respectively responsible other than those territories to which Chapters XII and XIII apply.

  9. mixitup says:

    ^^Look at all the vulchurs circling above^^

    They should get home and tend to their own nest before anymore eggs go missing..

  10. Zevon says:

    And he’s already told us he will be travelling First Class.” No more nickel and diming on travel” were his words.

    • PBanks says:

      Is there an article here or elsewhere where that quote was used by the way? Seems a bit ‘out of place’.

  11. Make a new plan Stan says:

    I’m disappointed that……
    he’s been traveling so much…….

    BUT I am even more disappointed that detractors continuously call members of the PLP unintelligent……that only deepens the divide and muddies up the water. Missteps are going to be made; it’s really down to us to make this work. What good will it be to be looking back in 2022 at a mess? With that being said I have some questions and comments that reflect many of the conversations I have been having of late…..

    Mr. Premiere is all of the traveling absolutely necessary? Do you feel like forming all of these committees is truly productive? Is this a case of wanting to look like something is being done or are things REALLY happening?

    I will not lie I have been saying….ANOTHER committee? And I have been complaining about your voice…..it’s sort of monotone with a sprinkle of attitude and condescension.

    I want you and your party to succeed and I know that people want to hear about what you all are doing but less flying and a little less talking with more action would be great too.

    • wahoo says:

      I think we have a committee for everything now except perhaps public transportation.

  12. Half hot says:

    Well where at it,I see everyone getting raises! Mps must be next$$$$$$

  13. Mary says:

    He’s going Christmas shopping away as he is now king of the island bow down folks

  14. Brier says:

    Dreb puppet = Burt
    Go ask beanie mon he will tell u

  15. Dready says:

    Burt loves travelling when the taxpayer foots the bill.

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