Premier Holds Meeting With Baroness Scotland

March 4, 2024 | 7 Comments

“A productive and beneficial series of meetings that helped to progress several important agenda items for Bermuda,” said Premier David Burt following his return from the 46th Regular Meeting of Caricom Heads of Government.

A Government spokesperson said, “The public will be aware that last week, the Premier attended the Heads of Government [HoG] Meeting, which took place February 25 – 28 in Guyana.

“During his Guyana visit, Premier Burt held a bilateral meeting with Baroness Patricia Scotland KC, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and Commonwealth officials. The bilateral meeting was following an informal engagement with Baroness Scotland at COP28.

Premier Burt and Baroness Scotland discuss matters relating to Bermuda.

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“Matters discussed during the Guyana bilateral included the Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub and technical assistance for Overseas Territories via the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation.”

The Premier said, “Baroness Scotland and I had a very engaging and productive discussion on matters related to Bermuda. I expressed the desire for our insurance industry to participate fully in the Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub.

“The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub assists small and vulnerable member states in gaining access to climate finance. We believe that Commonwealth member states will benefit from Bermuda’s growing expertise in climate finance. I was grateful for the commitment from Baroness Scotland for Commonwealth officials to work with Bermuda to ensure that our financial services industry has access to this vital Hub.”

The Premier continued, “We also discussed the importance of Overseas Territories’ access to Commonwealth technical assistance and support. This support could provide long- or short-term expertise, undertaking research and feasibility studies, or technical advice on targeted capacity building. I was encouraged by Baroness Scotland’s willingness for the Overseas Territories to access the significant range of technical support offered to Commonwealth nations.”

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The Government spokesperson said, “The Caricom HoG Meetings occur twice annually and gathers the fifteen member states and five associate members. The meetings serve as a platform for leaders to discuss and make decisions on regional cooperation, integration, and development matters. Topics on last week’s CARICOM Meeting agenda included regional security, the Single Market and Economy, food and nutrition security, Climate Resilience and Energy Security.”

Finally, several outcomes at the end of the Caricom HoG Meeting were shared in an Official Communique. Regarding the issue of freedom of movement by member state citizens, Premier Burt said, “There were many matters discussed during last week’s HoG Meetings. Specifically, regarding the movement of member states’ citizens, it would be incorrect to conclude that full membership means freedom of movement for citizens of other member states to Bermuda. We recognise that this is a topical matter here at home, and to ensure clarity – freedom of movement does not automatically follow full membership.

“In fact, it has been stated on numerous occasions that many full members of Caricom do not participate in freedom of movement. Furthermore, specific agreements, negotiations, and protocols are required, and it is not something the Government of Bermuda is contemplating as Bermuda is too small to have open borders.”

The Government spokesperson said, “The Premier returned to Bermuda on February 29.”

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  1. Hilarious! says:

    Oh No! Not a Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub to fund a hoax! How much personal money will any of these representatives chip in to the fund? I know, sarcasm.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “How much personal money will any of these representatives chip in to the fund?”

      My guess would be the same amount that Greenrock will be investing in the offshore wind farm they are promoting.

      • Hilarious! says:

        The Government and Greenrock agreed to spend taxpayer money.

        I detailed this EV gem to the Government in the electric vehicle “consultation.” This just in:

        See UKDailyMail – Electric cars release MORE toxic emissions than gas-powered vehicles and are worse for the environment, finds shock report

        EVs weigh 30 percent more than gas cars, causing tires to wear out faster
        The tire tread releases toxic particles 400 times greater than exhaust emissions

        Independent researchers said that while exhaust fumes have historically been been blamed for carbon emission pollution, the biggest polluter is now tires and brakes.

        They found that brakes and tires release 1,850 times more particulate matter – which is air pollution – compared to modern tailpipes which have filters that reduce emissions.

        • Pa says:

          Hilarious .

          Why did you leave out our new electric busses and 18 wheelers with a Backhoe on the Trailer.

          Bikers get that stuff all over them when they tailgate in your blind spot,you would think that they would know better. Of course they do !

          I leave my warning flashers on till the back off, they also get the horn when the cut in front after all it is for their own safety .

          Bikes do not have filtered exhaust pipes do they ?

  2. WillSee says:

    Oh Yes! We will be aware of our premiere and his intentions.

  3. Ringmaster says:

    I believe one of the main issues Burt has is thinking 30-6 means he has the majority of Bermuda believing in him. Nothing is further from the truth. 30-6 equates to about 30% of the voting population, but 25% of the population.
    So he is travelling around the world taking unknown liberties with Bermuda when he only represents a small part. Where is IB to talk some sense into him?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Where is IB to talk some sense into him?”

      Do you really believe that our Premier values what white expatriates might tell him?

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