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Premier, Minister To Attend Meetings In Europe

Premier, Minister To Attend Meetings In Europe

Premier David Burt and Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson will lead a Bermuda team to Europe for a round of meetings aimed at laying the groundwork for Bermuda’s removal from the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The Premier said, “Through our representatives in London and Brussels we have secured a number of important meetings... Read more of this article

Finance Ministry Meets CCRIF Representatives

Finance Ministry Meets CCRIF Representatives

Last week, Junior Minister of Finance Wayne Furbert met with members of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of CCRIF SPC, formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. Representatives of CCRIF SPC: Mrs. Faye Hardy and Mrs. Saundra Bailey, Members of the Board of Directors; Mr. Timothy Antoine Chairman; Mrs. Desirée Cherebin, Vice... Read more of this article

Sugar Tax: Bill To Tax Chocolate Items At 75%

Sugar Tax: Bill To Tax Chocolate Items At 75%

The Customs Tariff Amendment Bill proposes to increase the duty rate to 75% for items affected by initial launch of sugar tax in April 2018, and also apply a 75% sugar tax to chocolate items containing added sugar. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Minister of Health Kim Wilson said the Customs Tariff Amendment Act 2019 [PDF] proposes to increase... Read more of this article

Minister Rabain Updates On Education ‘Plan 2022′

Minister Rabain Updates On Education ‘Plan 2022′

Minister of Education Diallo Rabain provided an update on ‘Plan 2022′ – Bermuda’s Strategic Plan for public school education. Speaking in the House of Assembly, Minister Rabain said, “As a reminder, Plan 2022, which was formally shared in December 2017, is a response from the community seeking to have a consistent, high-quality,... Read more of this article

Senate Votes Against Municipality Reform Bill

Senate Votes Against Municipality Reform Bill

The Municipalities Reform Act 2019 has been stopped in the Senate, with the Bill failing to attain the votes needed to pass. The Bill — which aimed to allow the Government to repeal elections in Hamilton and St. George and continue the corporations as quangos — had already passed in the House of Assembly, with MPs voting 22 – 7 in favour... Read more of this article

Bloomberg, Duperreault Speak At Bermuda Forum

Bloomberg, Duperreault Speak At Bermuda Forum

Michael Bloomberg and Brian Duperreault highlighted Bermuda’s value to global business and the United States, delivering a dynamic launch yesterday to a full-capacity Bermuda Executive Forum in New York. Both high-profile executives joined Premier David Burt for the event’s kick-off “fireside chat,” a casual and wide-ranging discussion that... Read more of this article

Minister: Initiatives To Upgrade Bus Service

Minister: Initiatives To Upgrade Bus Service

The Government is committed to providing a quality public bus service and there are several initiatives underway including the new bus schedule, new bus purchases, repairs and maintenance, real-time passenger information system, and digital fare media, Minister of Tourism and Transport Zane DeSilva said. Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March... Read more of this article

Govt’s Policy Directions: Possible Sale Of BELCO

Govt’s Policy Directions: Possible Sale Of BELCO

[Updated] Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March 22], Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban provided an overview of the policy directions that he provided to the Regulatory Authority. This follows after the Ascendant Group — the parent company of BELCO — said they are “evaluating strategic alternatives, including the potential sale of... Read more of this article

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

As is prudent to ensure the safety of the air space around the airport and as there have been at least three drone sightings at Westgate and there is a suspicion they are attempting to drop contraband for inmates to collect, a direction was issued that declares a no-fly zone for drones surrounding the airport, Prospect Police Compound and at Westgate. This... Read more of this article

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

[Updated with audio] Statements on the Government’s Policy Directions regarding the sale of BELCO, the Police Recruit Foundation Course, the no fly zones for drones, the strategic plan for public school education and the bus service are due to be delivered in the House of Assembly on Friday [March 22]. Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the... Read more of this article

Salaries For Ministers & Members Of Parliament

Salaries For Ministers & Members Of Parliament

A Resolution is scheduled to be moved in the House of Assembly today pertaining to the salaries for Ministers and Members of Parliament. The proposed salaries are the same as the existing salaries with MPs earning $56,023, with additional payments if they hold other positions, such as $151,262 for Premier, $147,022 for Attorney General, $112,942 for... Read more of this article

Senate: Order Of Business For March 22nd

Senate: Order Of Business For March 22nd

The Senate is scheduled to be in session on Friday [March 22] and the Bills listed on the Order Paper are the Resolution into Committee of the Whole for further consideration of The Appropriation Act 2019, together with the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the Year 2019/2020, the Municipalities Reform Act 2019, Land Tax Amendment Act 2019, and... Read more of this article

Gordon-Pamplin On Government Mortgage Plan

Gordon-Pamplin On Government Mortgage Plan

“Government’s mortgage plans will increase debt levels and risk driving a wedge between the public and private sectors,” Pat Gordon-Pamplin, the OBA Finance spokesperson in the House said today. “Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson said in his Budget that the Government would ‘in conjunction with private sector banks, pilot a mortgage... Read more of this article