Premier Burt Speaks On Fintech At CARICOM

July 6, 2018

During the CARICOM meeting in Jamaica, Premier David Burt made a presentation about Bermuda’s moves in establishing a regulatory platform for fintech and also discussed how “Distributed Ledger Technology more generally can assist with challenges in servicing citizens and increase government efficiency.”

“A Bermuda delegation to the three day meeting, was led by Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt. Bermuda is an associate member of CARICOM, the 15-nation Caribbean bloc of countries, which this week heard calls for more cooperation among member states,” A Government spokesperson said.

“In keeping with a commitment to ensure citizens of Member States are informed of their deliberations, the 39th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community will, for the first time, make public the complete list of their decisions, arising out of their annual meeting which ended today in Jamaica.”

“During the meetings, Premier Burt made a presentation to the delegates with regard to Bermuda’s pioneering moves in establishing a regulatory platform for fintech.”

Delegates pictured together at the event this week in Jamaica:

CARICOM Meeting Bermuda July 6 2018

The Premier said, “We reviewed our progress to date, encouraged regional collaboration, discussed how regtech can assist with the challenges of the cost of compliance, and recognized the progress being made by the Governments of Barbados, St. Lucia and Bahamas in this space.

“We also discussed how Distributed Ledger Technology more generally can assist with challenges in servicing citizens and increase government efficiency in areas of healthcare, social insurance and licensing. The presentation was welcomed by the conference, and there will be future collaboration.”

Separately, the Premier noted: “The Secretary General [and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Community [CARICOM] Ambassador Irwin LaRocque] has visited all associate members except Bermuda, and we are extending an invitation for him to come to the island.”

Also in Jamaica for the meetings, MP Christopher Famous added, “Bermuda was applauded for the pioneering [fintech] regulations.

“Many have asked for future collaboration with the Government of Bermuda offering to share knowledge and experiences in establishing similar frameworks and regulations. Of key importance, was the offer from the Government of Bermuda for information sharing on taxation, governance, financial compliance and other service issues.”

Mr. Famous also highlighted the educational opportunities which exist as a result of Bermuda’s membership in CARICOM.

He said: “The Government of Bermuda has scheduled discussions with the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies to determine how more Bermudians can take advantage of what that institution has to offer.”

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  1. Question says:

    If Fintech is supposed to be a competitive advantage for Bermuda, why is Burt presenting our secrets to our competitors?

    He is supposed to be working for the benefit of Bermuda. How does this presentation benefit Bermuda? What is he doing there?

  2. facts of the rock says:

    Burtcoin,the biggest con job Bermuda has seen to date!

  3. Realist says:

    This slick talking Premier is showing no interest in the local level level needs. Hes made all kinds of election promises to take care of his people. I’m sorry hes moes concerned about jet setting and full of self grandiose. What about some real attention and solutions for the people who voted you in. I didnt vote for you or your party as I knew you be be all about self and party politics.