Overseas Territories Governors Meet In Bermuda

March 8, 2016

The Governors of five UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean joined Bermuda’s Governor George Fergusson for a regular meeting of regional Governors at Government House on 4 March.

Governor George Fergusson said, “We meet three to four times a year to discuss a range of matters that we all face and to compare notes.

“Usually these meetings are in Miami or London, but we try to meet once a year in one of the Territories. I am really delighted to welcome my colleagues here.”

Governors Meet In Bermuda

While here the Governors, and the Director of Overseas Territories in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, were each invited to plant a fruit tree – including some Bermuda oranges -in the Government House orchard to commemorate their visit.

Those attending the one-day conference were:

  • HE Ms Christina Scott, Governor of Anguilla
  • HE Mr John Duncan, Governor of the British Virgin Islands
  • HE Ms Helen Kilpatrick, Governor of the Cayman Islands
  • HE Ms Elizabeth Carriere OBE, Governor of Montserrat
  • HE Mr Peter Beckingham, Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Dr Peter Hayes, Director of the Overseas Territories Directorate, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • HE Mr George Fergusson, Governor of Bermuda

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  1. Jus' Askin' says:

    This is Too Easy ;-)

    • Where is the justice? says:

      All of this talk about Pathways and Equality and Justice and why can’t we all get along and what do we see.? All white Governors. What a crying shame and not one voice of dissent. God save our gracious queen. and our own Governor has seen 10 murders as a result of gun violence happen during his tenure. And the OBA borrow one more billion. What’s going on?

    • The struggle is real says:

      Oh please can I say it? Can I can I?

      Ok I won’t….must….be…..strong!

  2. I wonder if they have had anyone protesting a hunger strike in their Islands !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Trisha says:

      Defenetly, isn’t that the reason for some expats to come to Bermuda.

  3. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Interesting to know.Heads of the British Common-Wealth Empire.Very interesting.Protecting Britannia,s Common-Wealth.Everybodys looking out for their Common Interests.hmmmmmmm wake up Black and White Bermudians.Peace

  4. Thousands wonder if this man really cares about the lives of ALL BERMUDIANS????
    What do you think, Bermuda?
    Is he for democracy??
    Write your opinions down.
    That is what this space is for……opinions!!!!!!

  5. I heart 441 says:

    How does one become Governor of a country, because the women look strikingly young.
    I have nothing against women being a Governor by the way.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      How does one become a supervisor..?…foreman?…Dept. heads?…its just a position…we All have rules to follow even them…They are the Public Figure representing their Govt. everyone else does the work for them, then they present it to YOU.

    • Britain and other countries around the world allow their citizens to grow up . Bermuda is the only place in the world where it can be heard that a man 60 years old is too young to run for premier. We are in the place that we are in today because we don’t allow people to get experience from a young age. These governors are all white and I bet started their jobs right after college. By time they are 35-40 , they have already been governor over 2-3 islands. We have yet to have a Bermudian deputy governor . 400 years have passed. How long will we wait.? WHEN WILL WE GROW UP?

  6. Roger says:

    Please forgive me, but is this the first mention of this gathering in Bermuda and there was no covering of it by the media.

    Are they still here, how long are/where they here?

  7. jt says:

    Timing is everything.

  8. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Yes timing is everything.Security also is a consideration.Public knowledge also is important.Bermuda is the only Common -wealth Jurisdiction in the world ,on record for having lost 3 British Government representatives at one time,George Duckett,Sir Richard Sharples,and the A.D.C.and the Government house dog.Peoples eyes are open wide.Buck Burrows ,and Larry Tacklyn were hung for their murders.5 Representatives on Island at one time is a serious consideration.D’ont think that everyone is sleeping.Some of us are still awake and will be for a long ,long, time.until we are laid to our resting place and our eye lids are shut for ever.We have long memories and we know that the case is still open ,and many Bermudians are fugitives in other lands because of it.I hope we are all at peace.Allah-u-Akbar.

  9. kathy says:

    I hope they discuss renewable energy so our Governor can see how far we lag behind our neighbouring commonwealth islands!!!

  10. Progress, Change and Performance says:

    Come on give these Governors a break.

    They are UK Civil Servants who worked hard in London and this Overseas Territories postings are their last element of their careers.

    They ordinarily meet in Miami or London at much greater expense, give them some credit for reducing the amount of expenses they normally incur by not flying all the way to London at $3,000+ per seat.

    Whether they are effective or not at their role in their respective Territory is a matter for the voters in each Island to take up with the Foreign Office in London.

    Have a Swizzle and chill like they did at Gov House this week, furthermore it would have put them at risk if their visit was announced ahead of their arrival as that kool aid lot would have marched on the airport then Gov House.

    Our Governor is doing a good job, he comes to Court Street for the street fests and kisses local babies for the camera, he is way more approachable than the TCI or Cayman Governors, so be happy.

    Also with this recent visit BTA CEO Mr Hanbury can claim that his marketing campaign has increased the March stopover tourist numbers by 6 Tourists, who came on business. Every Tourist helps. You guys are a little too myopic sometimes, see the bigger picture as we reset the dial and clean up you lots mess.

    By the way, where is the $800m?

  11. mmm says:

    Stringent over-sight may not have been consistent by the authorities, when it came to work permit renewals, thus we have over 10,000 guest workers. I don,t know how many of the 10,000 have been here longer than 5 years, and I do not know how many of them have had their work permits renewed 2, 3, 4, or 5 times. We all see guest workers all around the Island, we usually see the ones out front, like, waiters,gardeners,cleaners,nurses,teachers,police officers.On the next level we may see guest workers, like doctors,lawyers,a rchitects, air-conditioning mechanics, dentists, accountants. On yet anothe r level we may see, and not as often C.E.O,s of exempted companies and inve stment bankers, surgeons, pilots, chemical engineers and plant supervisors.Bermudians can aspire to high heights, if they have the level of education, first high school, then college and beyond. And we address various forms of discrimination, cause you can easily be discouraged from establishing your-self if an employer has his preferences. I know cleaner s who have been here for years, roll-over after roll-over, I have done cleaning so I know the skill set and shift work….we are in a situation in part because we have not trained and in part because some sort of look the other way habit has been around for years. If we grant many guest wor kers Bermuda status there will be a steady flow of money to fuel the econ omy. Yes , we do need guest workers, but how many in each category. There are teachers from England, who taught me in the late 60,s, and stayed in teaching many years later, roll-over upon roll-over. Thus Bermudians have been displaced again and again. I am sure that Jamaicans who work here have felt the challenge in their own home-land with guest workers, same way with British guest workers here who may feel deprived of work in thei r own country because of the high influx of guest workers there. This cou ntry can only absorb so much, there needs to room for growth for future g enerations. If generations are denied opportunity after opportunity in th eir own country then there will be conflict.

  12. charity says:

    Seems a pretty significant meeting. I would be curious to know how the territories compare and whether their findings are made public knowledge

  13. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Why does’nt Bermuda just open up to the whole world and just say ,come on in ,the waters fine,the natives are dumb and just smile a lot,and the say yes sir and yes mam,and boy can they dance and sing.We better hurry up and get the P.L.P. back in Power and get this Island back on course before these Devils definitely turn it into the Isle of Devils like they used to call it.Peace.