Bermuda Delegation To Attend Seminar In Miami

September 22, 2013

Premier Craig Cannonier will be attending the KPMG National Infrastructure Strategy Summit in Miami, Florida.

Also in attendance will be the Minister of Tourism Development and Transport Shawn Crockwell, Minister of Public Works Trevor Moniz, Minister of Environment and Planning Sylvan Richards and his Permanent Secretary Dr. Derrick Binns, General Manager of the LF Wade International Airport, Aaron Adderley and Chief Engineer for the Ministry of Public Works, Peter Havlicek.

“Our presence at the KPMG Summit will be extremely beneficial to Bermuda for a number of reasons,” said Premier Cannonier. “Not only does it give us the chance to hear what chief infrastructure projects our neighbors are undertaking, it will also give us the opportunity to discuss some of our own upcoming projects and gather valuable information which will lead to optimally informed decisions.”

The Premier, along with the heads of various other countries, will take part in a panel discussion regarding the current infrastructure challenges facing their respective countries and how they are prioritizing their infrastructure for economic growth from a policy perspective.

Minister Moniz will be a part of a panel that will speak to infrastructure projects recently completed in Bermuda, such as Heritage Wharf.

Chief Engineer for the Ministry of Public Works Peter Havlicek and the Airport GM Aaron Adderley will both present on infrastructure projects such as the LF Wade International Airport and the Causeway.

Other notable conference attendees from oversees include: Dr. Orlando Smith, the Premier and Finance Minister of the Virgin Islands; Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier and Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands; and Alden McLaughlin, Premier of The Cayman Islands & Minister for Home and Community Affairs.

This year’s Summit will be the launch pad for KPMG’s dossier of island infrastructure projects. The completed dossier now indicates an estimated infrastructure pipeline of over US$17bn in island economies, expected to occur over the next number of years. With this in mind, the 2013 KPMG Island Infrastructure Summit will feature a broad range of discussions on the potential use of Public Private Partnerships [PPP] to realise these projects.

Discussing the pipeline of infrastructure projects, KPMG Managing Director and conference co-chairman, Malcolm Butterfield said, “Island economies cannot turn a blind eye to the resilience of ageing infrastructure. Simply maintaining the status quo is a recipe for certain disaster and regardless of a jurisdiction’s capital, inaction is simply not an option. The 2013 Island Infrastructure Summit is intended to be a strategic forum for facilitating discussion around bringing these important projects to fruition.”

KPMG Partner and Chairman of Global Infrastructure, James Stewart concludes, “We must now face the fact that Banks are no longer the natural long term lenders for infrastructure. In the months following the first KPMG Island Infrastructure Summit, the PPP model has proved very effective in allowing the public sector to specify the infrastructure that they want but transferring the main risks of delivery to the private sector. This reality is a major factor in our decision to host the Summit once again.”

This Summit is the third KPMG Infrastructure Summit that Bermuda has attended. For more information about the conference visit

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  1. The Kid says:

    Look you guys, Bermuda is in Intensive Care, stay home and mind the store

  2. Bermewjan says:

    Money being spent on something useful from which Bermuda will gain, hopefully.

  3. Bermudian. says:

    How the hell do you run a ship, if the Captain and his Mates are never on board.(delegate).

    • Impressive says:

      with the current captain, he can be sitting right there at the wheel and he would still not be onboard.. today is september 22 and this guy is still premier,, lord help us.. the deception continues

      • somuchless says:

        and will be for the next 4 years. The oba members voted in favor to extend the premiership from two years to four. Gawd save us.

    • Glenn says:

      Take note of the ministers & senators not attending! They’re the ones’ that are calling the shots. Wake-up people!

  4. Family Man says:

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    Why are so many people going off on a jaunt to Miami? Do they have tickets to the basketball game yet?

    I thought we were trying to control our spending? Who really gives a rodent’s rectum what infrastructure projects our ‘neighbours’ are doing? We can’t afford any new projects right now. And Moniz giving a talk on the Heritage Wharf project? Are you kidding me? The one that fell apart after a year and had to be redone?

    • Amazed says:

      In my opinion only 2 Ministers should have attended The Premier and The economic and Development Minister who is NOT there.

  5. Stop Complaining for 1 Second says:

    Premier Cannonier – you are racking up those airline miles. I think you on pace to surpass the last 2 premiers within their 1st year of office.

    One thing for sure, after its all over, which will be soon, you will have plenty of miles to fly wherever you want.

    I heard from an OBA insider there is a vacant place on Martha Vineyard, which the UBP have o n the books.

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      I doubt it. Remember all those trips to San Fran to pick up vanity awards?

    • Mike Hind says:


      • Vote for Me says:

        @ Mike Hind
        Do you think it is a good idea for the Premier and 3 Ministers to attend the conference?

        • Mike Hind says:

          So… no evidence then?

          ‘k. Thanks.

          (And, from the information in the story – if you have other information, please share – it DOES look like all 4 of them could stand to be there. It’s an infrastructure seminar. This is something SORELY in need of shoring up in Bermuda.

          Of course, if you think they shouldn’t be… why?)

          • Vote for Me says:

            @ Mike Hind
            Let’s assume government should be represented at the conference. Why though do we need the Premier plus 3 Ministers. Surely one Minister can attend and debrief the others upon his return.

            By the way, as you sometimes accuse others – you did not answer the question – , do YOU think all 4 should attend?

            • Sandy Bottom says:

              Hey VFM, I think it’s justified that all of them should attend. As I said in another post, there are huge decisions to be made abput infrastructure in Bermuda, and it makes sense that senior ministers and civil servants are well-educated about it. Particularly as the conference is being held in an easily-accessed location.

              I’m sure the leader of the opposition would agree, given that he was part of a 5-person team attending in 2012, although he personally wasn’t part of the 5- person team who attended in 2011.

              • Johnny says:

                It is interesting to note that all of the other island premiers mentioned in the article each hold an important ministry as well a being premier. In when was the last time Bermuda premier did not have a portfolio. Seems we could be saving some money.

      • Getting tired Mike. Was funny at first but you’ve become boring. The evidence is right there in the article. What do you want sworn affidavits?

    • inna says:

      India ring a bell?

      • Mazumbo says:

        This is HILARIOUS, all the flack PLP got for doing the same thing and the OBEAH/ubp supporters are silent. LMAO

        • Mike Hind says:

          How is this in ANY way comparable?

          Seriously. What are the points, besides 1) they’re government ministers and the Premier and 2) they’re going off island, that compare to the things that the PLP got flack for?

          Did folks freak out when ministers went on trips to seminars relating to their Ministries, or was it the ones where there was no real gain to be made?


          • Amazed says:

            As someone else said- you are so bias it is not funny. The Country is in a financial crisis and although we cannot correct the mistakes of the past we do not have to repeat them, That is the point!

    • Black male says:

      Is Mike Hind speaking for My kind. I think not. There must be something in that name

  6. Concerned says:

    These Ministers need to stay hope and go down to Public Works and see how and where the staff go days, For non of them are producing. The grass is knee high throughout the island and they have double the staff and all of the best machinery to do the job. See where they hide out and fire their supervisors for not making them put in a days work. Get the basics correct first and make Bermuda beautiful. All week they were hiding playing cards, drinking and smoking in their meeting places, and on Saturday one gentleman cuts grass at double time along the South Shore???? But our Minister want to travel. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Fix the problem we have here before taking on other things. If you can’t fix it out source it. It takes 5 Bermudians 6 weeks to build a wall at Paget stop lights 6 courses high by 30 feet. Something that would take a mason and a laborer 1 week. Get them to produce, fire their supervisor or out source it. Fix what is happening in Bermuda before taking on other things. This island can’t afford to pay for nonsense anymore. You know this, I know this, so do something about it. MAKE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE OR GET OUT OF GOVERNMENT!

    • Who knows it feels its, says:

      Couldn’t agree more! They were seen in Warwick south shore area yesterday, working OT no doubt! Place looks a mess! Lot’s of business to do at home.

      • Mazumbo says:

        I guess you can say what’s good for de goose is good for de gander. LMAO

      • Amazed says:

        I too agree. If Mr Moniz needs something to do he only needs to drive down North shore from Barkers Hill to Flatts there are trees extending 4 feet into the road which is a danderous situation for walkers and runners!

    • pebblebeach says:

      I have noticed that also, grass on the grassy sidewalks are knee high, so embarrassing for a tourist destination of sorts…roundabouts center gardens look like crap full of weeds…

  7. Same old same old says:

    Boondoggle. Exact same thing the PLP did and would draw 100+ comments. I guess we’ll see what kind of hypocrites comment (or don’t comment) on this same story…

    • Mazumbo says:

      There’s a certain segment of society that dose not publicly chastise their own, it’s cultural!! LMAO

      • Mike Hind says:

        “It’s OK when WE do it…”

        isn’t that how it goes?

        I love how you guys are up in arms about nobody saying anything bad (about the Premier and 3 Ministers… from Bermuda… in the state we’re in right now… going to an INFRASTRUCTURE seminar… something pretty important), and denouncing “a certain segment of society that dose [sic] not publicly chastise their own” (a more hypocritical statement I’ve yet to see!), yet, when the party YOU support was overspending and having parties at the Playboy mansion, not a peep from you.

        Yeah. People not responding the way you want them to, to your made-up scandal? That’s not hypocritical.

        You guys chastising ANYONE for not speaking out? THAT is.

        You might need a dictionary, ‘cuz the words you use? I don’t think they mean what you think they mean.

  8. Tony Stark says:

    We need that many people to attend? This is why you took a pay day from Government workers so you can still party like it’s 1999.

    • Concerned says:

      I agree that they should stay home!!They took a days pay because they can’t afford to pay them. Where are you living? They pay out 300 million more than they make per year, thanks to the PLP!!! So all beware, either we become a third world country in 3 years and not be able to get out of that for life, or we make sound decisions and everyone from Government elected ministers , Permanent Secretaries to the street cleaners take a 15% pay cut cross the board. This will save the country 75 million a year without making anyone unemployed. Stop all unnecessary capital expenses, this would save approximately 30 million, we still need to find a way to save another 195 million. The PLP should have been reelected to do all the dirty work that the Great Doctor and Paula put us in. But is the present administration worried about the islands future and do what is right or are they worried that they will not be reelected for another term if they do the right thing?????
      Time will tell, I hope they have the fortitude to do what is right for all of us and all of our future generations.

  9. somuchless says:

    O gawd Betty trump, Rhonda and Chris famous is gonna have a field day talking bout this.

  10. God1st says:

    @ Stop Complaining for 1 second

    You have 4 years and a couple of months at the least with the oba. Are you sure that this will come to an end soon?

    You have made a bold statement but we all know reality wins all the time.

    One thing for sure, after its all over, which will be soon, you will have plenty of miles to fly wherever you want.

    I heard from an OBA insider there is a vacant place on Martha Vineyard, which the UBP have o n the books.

  11. Robert says:

    Please do not let that premier speak on our behalf, mr.moniz or Mr.adderley speak up or we are doomed !!!!

  12. Bermudaboy says:

    They wouldn’t be going if they didn’t have too. Thanks plp.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      The thing is, they don’t have to. Also if you remember it was the PLP who did invest in Bermuda’s infrastructure & got lambasted for doing so.

      • haha says:

        ya and look at the infrastructure now….complete s**t! what we got for it, DEBT. lmfao. i’d take the oba anyday.

      • Mike Hind says:

        When? Where?

      • Sandy Bottom says:

        Maybe if the PLP had given more attention to infrastructure planning, perhaps there wouldn’t be a huge ugly block of empty condos on South Shore. That wasted $60m, plus interest, might be pretty useful right now.

  13. Vote for Me says:

    This has to be a mistake. For the past few weeks everyone has been emphasizing Bermuda’s financial situation and the need for complete focus.

    Even if the conference is necesary, how can you justify sending the Premier and 3 Ministers!! Even if KPMG are funding the trip, this is difficult to sell to Public Sector employees that just agreed to the 4.6% salary reduction. You also wonder what KPMG is getting out of this. I think they are the advisors for the planned Tourism Authority!!

    Please, Please every OBA supporter and anyone else that has contact with the Premier. Get him to reconsider. This is not a good move.

    • d.o. says:

      tend to agree. stay home and DEAL (pun intended) with the business of the island and your election platform. I think you lot need to re visit it and start delivering .

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      It’s a conference about infrastructure. It’s not a vanity award trip where hats get handed out. It’s not a shopping trip. It’s not going to watch a shuttle launch. There are huge debates currently in Bermuda about infrastructure projects. It’s a good thing if senior government members can be well informed about it, particularly as the conference is a reasonably short trip.

      • Terry says:

        Agree Sandy…..

        • Who knows it feels its! says:

          And it takes 4 government officials to listen and bring the story back? Where’s the “shared” sacrifice. Premier and Tourism Minister could skip this one!

          • Sandy Bottom says:

            What exactly do you think happens at these things? Do you think everyone has the same experience, meets the same people, hears the same things? Have you ever attended anything like this?

  14. Time Shall Tell says:

    So our government feels they need to spend tax payers money to travel over a thousand miles just to figure out we need to replace our causeway & bring our infrastructure up to date?

  15. somuchless says:

    they should already be in Miami. Per the site the event is today the 22nd for two days.

  16. Would be nice if we knew the total cost of this trip. That is airline tickets, hotels, per diem,etc.

    As far as the air miles are concerned they should go toward any official trips taken by politicians or Government workers and nothing else.

  17. Scotty says:

    AND, they are traveling business class I saw it for myself. What happened to economy for all, even ministers?

    • Come Correct says:

      Interesting, one of my friends spotted him in economy, I wonder who’s making things up.

  18. Terry says:

    Look no further from your noses.

    It’s in your face and most don’t see.

  19. W.T.F. says:

    Here’s what you all said in 2012. What a transparent bunch of hypocrites.

    Joe says:
    January 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    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:
    January 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    PLP are getting all the traveling they can before they loose in the upcoming general election.

    pebblebeach says:
    January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    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….

    Guest Who? says:
    January 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm
    Nice litte junket for the group…of course there will be full disclosure of how much this is costing this already broke country.

    Family Man says:
    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm
    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.


    • mixitup says:

      If it wasn’t so sad it’ll be hilarious these bunch.

    • Zombie Apocalypse says:

      Why do you think those quotes have anything to do with the people who have commented here? Did you find any quotes like this from Mike Hind, Sandy Bottom, etc? No, you didn’t.

      On the other hand, you, mixitup, and Vote For Me were strangely quiet about the need to send multiple people to the event back in 2011 and 2012. Why is that? What suddenly made you have strong opinions about it? Isn’t it you who are the ‘transparent bunch of hypocrites’?

      • Hmmmmm says:

        What made you a fan of government travel? Could it be who’s now doing the travelling?

        • Zombie Apocalypse says:

          Who’s a “fan”? I’m just calling out WTF for his “hypocrite” comment. But if I’m wrong, Hmmmmm, and if you spoke out against excessive government travel when the PLP were in, post a link. Prove me wrong.

  20. DarkSideofTheMoon says:

    Interesting part of the article:

    Other notable conference attendees from oversees include: Dr. Orlando Smith, the Premier and Finance Minister of the Virgin Islands; Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier and Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands; and Alden McLaughlin, Premier of The Cayman Islands & Minister for Home and Community Affairs.

    Is our premier also a minister? Seems like another way to save money on the Cabinet and get rid of the minister with no portfolio)

  21. aceboy says:

    I think they should stay home and stop this bs travelling. Glad it isn’t an 8 day conference for blacks only that is costing $100,000, but this travel nonsense HAS to stop.

  22. watching says:

    This is virtual insanity. There is no way that all these lot should be traveling to this conference. Bermuda has been represented at this conference the past three years. Why don’t they just use the recommendations that the PLP has given to the OBA on numerous occasions, about ways to invest in Bermuda’s infrastructure? Or does this collaboration that Cannonier talks about not really exist?

  23. Johnny says:

    It seems as though neither Mike Hind, Sandy Bottom, nor Zombie Apocalypse will speak to the fact that our premier holds no portfolio, and in fact go to great lengths to defend any actions of the OBA, most times just saying ” the PLP did it” and not addressing the issue at hand. @mike hind, the evidence is in your posts.,