Premier Burt Travels To Europe For Meetings

November 26, 2019

Premier David Burt has traveled to Europe for “wide ranging meetings” which are scheduled to take place in the UK, Estonia, and Brussels.

A Government spokesperson said, “Premier the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP, this weekend left for Europe for wide-ranging meetings. Many meetings were scheduled as part of the Premier’s previously planned trip to attend the annual Joint Ministerial Council [JMC] which have since been postponed due to the General Election called in the United Kingdom.

“In June, the Premier traveled to the Cayman Islands to participate in Pre-JMC talks with leaders of other Overseas Territories and agree the agenda for November’s meetings.”

The Premier said, “The Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA] Bermuda Executive Forum – London 2019 meetings and events were scheduled around the, now postponed, JMC meetings. The annual JMC is the highest political forum between the UK Government and Governments of the Overseas Territories.

“We made the decision that rather than cancel the pre-arranged travel, we would use the time in Europe to expand Bermuda’s outreach in this important region.

“This year’s London Executive Forum, hosted by the BDA, will explore the strengths of Bermuda’s collaborative business market, the demand for retirement products due to aging populations globally, and recent law changes that make Bermuda a more attractive country for business.”

Mr. Stephen Catlin, Chairman and CEO of Convex Group stated, “In the same way it is important for the Bermuda insurance industry to work with the UK insurance industry, it is equally important that the Governments of the two countries have a good rapport.  To that extent, I am delighted that the Premier is coming over to the UK for a few days.”

The spokesperson added, “The Premier will participate in two Executive Forum panel discussions on 26 November. The first panel, ‘The Conversation’ will be moderated by Ms. Fiona Luck, Non-Executive Director, Lloyd’s of London Franchise Board. The second panel, moderated by Mr. Arthur Wightman, Regional Markets Leader and Insurance Leader and Bermuda Territory Leader, PwC Caribbean is titled, ‘Disruption and Opportunity: What does it mean for Bermuda?’

“While in London, the Premier will have meetings with Lord Ahmad, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Legal and General CEO, Mr. Nigel Wilson and will attend and deliver a speech at the Bermuda Society’s 33rd annual dinner. Additionally, Premier Burt will give interviews, with the Financial Times and Ian King at Sky News.

Tweet from Lord Ahmad:

Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon tweet Bermuda Nov 26 2019

“On Wednesday, the Premier will then travel to Estonia to see first-hand, their innovative, world class digital economy. He will meet with Government officials and business leaders to learn about their successes as Bermuda looks to adopt some of Estonia’s technology to enhance E-Government.

“The invitation to Tallin, follows from a visit of Mr. Viljar Lubi, Vice Minister for Economic Development, to Bermuda earlier this year.  Following the Estonia meetings, the Premier will return to England  on Thursday to host the annual Bermudians in the UK networking receptions.

“Following a pledge the Premier made in 2017, there will be two receptions; the first on Thursday evening in Birmingham, the second on Friday evening in London. Bermudians living in the UK can RSVP for the Birmingham reception or the for London reception

“On Sunday, the Premier will travel to Brussels for a series of meetings with EU Officials, EU Ambassadors, and European media. The Premier will host the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Services luncheon and a dinner with the Financial Future Group before returning to Bermuda on Wednesday.”

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  1. Donderered says:

    I hope that while in cayman, the premier took note of that country’s economic growth.

    • red rose says:

      lol. I doubt it, I seriously think he wears blinkers

    • watching says:

      at the expense of the Caymanian…

    • Kathy says:

      I hope he also takes note of the Cayman Islands’ national target of supplying 70 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2037.

  2. Joe Bloggs says:


  3. Another says:

    Ok first football in Mexico and now a junket to Europe? This guy is living large on us! Time to leave our garbage on the steps of the House Bermuda!!! Rise up!!!

  4. Jt says:

    Do these meetings ever actually produce anything?

  5. Thank you for your resilience, your forthrightness, your education, your desire to propel this petite country forward in ways suited to the betterment of Bermudians !!
    Do remove those who have come here under fictitious pretense,thus making this island a fairer and more just Bermuda!!
    Persevere on and keep thoughts on positive levels, thus dispensing foolishness and ignorance which tends to raise its ugly head on a daily basis!

    • Boston Whaler Owner says:

      he wont even read your drivel

    • bluenose says:

      Well you comment on a daily basis. Coincidence? Which ‘fictitious pretense’ are you referring to?

    • Onion_peels says:

      Congratulations. That has to earn you a brand new pair of green knee-pads

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Here , take this Charmin so you can wipe off your nose

  6. Dunn Juice says:

    Mean while at the bus stop!
    These guy are clueless, they’ve done NOTHING, and are still acting like opposition. Why because they have no answers for nothing, and continue to still blame /use the oba.
    Well done voters.
    Bit coin burt
    Flip flop Furbet
    Waste of money Jahmal
    Votem back in for another term..

  7. Pretty full schedule says:

    This is not a junket to Europe. The Premier is covering alot of ground in a short period of time.

    This trip is a good use of tax payers money.

  8. DF says:

    From Wikipedia – kooks like Bermuda could learn a lot from Estonia:

    Estonia is a developed country with an advanced, high-income economy that has been among the fastest-growing in the EU.[14] The country ranks very high in the Human Development Index,[7] and does well in measures of economic freedom, civil liberties, education,[15] and press freedom (third in the world in 2012 and 2007).[16] Estonian citizens are provided with universal health care,[17] free education,[18] and the longest paid maternity leave in the OECD.[19] One of the world’s most digitally advanced societies,[20] in 2005, Estonia became the first state to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014, the first state to provide e-residency.

  9. Quinton B Butterfield says:

    Bermuda is amazing! Let’s keep succeeding!

  10. Stevie Wonder says:

    Christmas shopping?

  11. Sarah says:

    This guy has not got a clue – numerous local businesses are about to fall off a cliff for so many obvious reasons.

    Too high taxes
    Directors ditching before they are personally liable for employee benefits
    A civil service that is self serving and is hogging too much of the pie
    A BMA that is a next to useless bastion of incompetent cronyism hell bent on putting up obstacles rather than be a vehicle to develop business.
    Work permit restrictions that punish those who are starlight forward, honest and play fair and reward those who work the system
    Too much red tape generally – planning requirements alone push the cost of construction of commercial premises through the roof.

    And so he jaunts off to Estonia as if they are going to willingly part with some magic secret information – though the information is already plain to see: reward and encourage those who create the industry that makes jobs instead of castigating them and treating them like pariahs.

  12. JohnnyB says:

    “we would use the time in Europe to expand Bermuda’s outreach in this important region”

    Ahhh yes Estonia, very important to us……

  13. somuchless says:

    Again why do ‘you’ need to travel every week? This is bsyond insane. We have so much that needs to be done here. Anyway wasn’t Renee Webb put in the UK to oversee Bermuda matters and if not please explain and if so let her do the work. But in all honesty I think you just like spending the people’s money and getting the bang/benefits outta it.

  14. cpm says:

    Burt at the bosom of the enemy

  15. saud says:

    You’ve been:

    “dispensing (sic) foolishness and ignorance which tends to raise its ugly head on a daily basis!”