Ministers To Attend KPMG Summit

January 13, 2012

Next week the Minister of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy Marc Bean [pictured] and his Permanent Secretary Dr. Derrick Binns will attend the KPMG National Infrastructure Strategy Seminar in Florida.

Also in attendance will be the Minister of Public Works Michael A. Weeks and the Acting Permanent Secretary for Public Works Randy Rochester, as well as the Director of Sustainable Development Charles Brown and WEDCo General Manager Andrew Dias.

The international accountancy and financial services firm’s summit will be held on January 19 and 20 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Florida and will focus on planning the key elements needed to create a national or jurisdictional infrastructure strategy.

The summit will address the unique issues and challenges facing island jurisdictions in planning infrastructure.

There are four speakers at the event: Global Chair of Infrastructure for KPMG James Stewart; Partner at KPMG Canada/Americas and Head of Global Infrastructure Stephen Beatty; partner at KPMG Bermuda Malcolm Butterfield; and partner of KPMG in The Bahamas Simon Townend.

Mr. Stewart will provide an overview of how the development of an infrastructure plan can be an effective tool for progressing government objectives in relation to infrastructure, while Mr. Beatty will review the sector envelopes within which priorities can be established and the key questions which need to be answered in order to effectively determine priorities.

Mr. Beatty will also present the range of most commonly used delivery models from traditional procurement to alternative project finance models.

“Our presence at this summit will go a long way to assisting us, in collaboration with a number of other island nations to the south, in developing our National Infrastructure Strategy — a Throne Speech commitment,” said Minister Bean.

This summit is the second KPMG Infrastructure Summit that Bermuda has attended in the past few months — the first being KPMG’s Infrastructure Summit: An Island Perspective of a Global Challenge which was held in Miami from September 21st to September 23rd.

“The first summit introduced to the delegates a number of issues that had been identified through various Public Private Partnership projects which had taken place over the region,” explained Minister Bean. “It considered the identification, financing, and management of such projects, and the relationships between the Government and the private partners, for example.

“At the end of the summit the delegates suggested that they would find a focused session on the development of a National Infrastructure Strategy useful. This seminar is in response to that suggestion.”

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  1. Joe says:

    Firstly, this is a total waste of money. Secondly, Marc Bean is an MP, but why wold anyone think he has the inside track on this subject? You guys don’t get it. This is a boondoggle.

    • Yup says:

      PLP are getting all the traveling they can before they loose in the upcoming general election.

  2. pebblebeach says:

    We are going to the collaborate with the other island nations to the South to develop our National Infrastructure Strategy…REALLY….Spend spend spend…Why don’t they simply have lunch in Bermuda with Malcolm Butterfield….a whole lot cheaper….

  3. Guest Who? says:

    Nice litte junket for the group…of course there will be full disclosure of how much this is costing this already broke country.

  4. Family Man says:

    It’s a good thing our budget problems have been solved so that we can afford to send such a large delegation to this very important conference about …(what was it again? accounting tricks? good governance? anyway, its KPMG so it must be something about hiding stuff from the auditor.}

    Miami Heat is playing LA on the Thursday, and Phily on Saturday so don’t expect them back in Bda until Sunday. And of course they’ll all breeze through customs as VIPs.

    I love it when the Party Loving People are out doing the Party Peoples’ business.

  5. Terry says:

    The irony of this is the fact that the MP’s from the West should be meeting with the MP’s from the East @ a Central location.

    Bitch……$250,000 a day for interest.

    Give a new meaning to ‘Bah Bah Black Sheep’.

    Rip Bermuda.

  6. Doing more with LESS says:

    Doesnt anyone in Government read the press releases from the Premier, or listen to her long speeches?

    She said cut expenditure.

    This is the same Infrastructure Summit attended by some of the same Permanent Secretaries less than a year ago you guys have to stop wasting tax payers cash

    an all expenses paid vacation to miami is not what bermuda, the PLP or anyone needs right now come on you lot. I cant believe that MPs Weeks and Bean have jumped head first into this charade of the trips and travel. The Permanent Secretaries attend enough of these conferences to be able to brief you and the Cabinet on the latest developments internationally so you can get to work.

    • Rockfish#1 says:

      The cheque writing Finance Minister is at it again.
      Surely, two intelligent persons can represent us at this event. Why six?

  7. Relevant says:

    Actually if the PLP take something away and ACTUALLY implement it, it may do our country good. Strategic infracstructure maitenance and development is critical to any country economically. With Bermy being so small we don’t have room to mess up (we’ve seen what that looks like with Berkely, National Statdium, Kings Wharf). We’ll see how they do, you gotta invest to get something in return…so DONT MESS UP!!!!

  8. SharkSkin says:

    These lot will waste more in cellphone roaming charges than most of us make in a month.
    What a farse!

  9. 32n64w says:

    More on-the-job-training and boondoggles for an inept PLP Government.

    What did they actually learn at last year’s seminar:

  10. verbal kint says:

    Mr. Bean needs to stay home and decide on the planning appeals of his fellow ministers, DeSilva and Furbert.

    • PEPPER says:

      That decision most likely has been made, remember Mark is a friend of Brown…and Zane also is Brown’s best buddy, so like they say “birds of a feather” @#$%

  11. jt says:

    Can we anticpate that the details of the outcome and benefits to this vacation will be made available to the Bermuda public? I doubt it, we never here a damn thing about the particulars of these vacations.

  12. Cool says:

    I will vote for Minister Bean dang he is one sexy man!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      See, now there is a good reason to vote for someone. Almost as good as I always vote for that party.

  13. Triangle Drifter says:

    Weeeeeee..WH WH Weeeeeee! We are going on a junket. We don’t know what it is about. We don’t know why. We don’t even pay for it. Weeeeeeeee!

    So lets see, 6 of them going, 6 5 star hotel rooms, Dennys is not good enough for us, rental cars or limos to get around, incidentals, shopping, we won’t pay no 35%.

    What will it cost, $20,000, $30,000?


    • PEPPER says:

      the money that this contigent is going to spend tells me one thing..we are not doing more with less,so Bermudians don’t worry be happy we are in good shape.

  14. No way says:

    Americans have been voting on good looks for years politicians have nothing else going on they are all the same in the end. Donte Hunt is hot too I’m not for any particular party

  15. Rockfish#1and #2 says:

    @ No way aka Cool,
    May I suggest you invest in a subscription to PLAYGIRL magazine.

  16. OMG says:

    What a waste of time and money!!! our money!!!!

  17. wassupp says:

    6 people going to a luxury hotel at our expense. Let’s get rid of these overpaid useless idiots frst chance we get. It’s time for change,

  18. navin johnson says:

    and they just went to the same thing in September…they must have “new” ministers that have to go to this one as they fired the ministers who went to the last one…can you make this stuff up? really can you?