Premier On Red Tape Reduction Consultation

May 20, 2024 | 11 Comments

Premier & Minister of Finance David Burt held a press conference today [May 20] on Red Tape Reduction Consultation.

Premier Burt said, “Good afternoon, members of the media and to the people of Bermuda.

“As your Government, we believe in a Bermuda where everyone has a voice, and our strength lies in listening to those voices when they speak about what is needed.

“We believe that each of us can contribute to shaping our island’s future and that we can work together to craft people-driven, people-focused policies that improve the lives of every Bermudian.

“In our Economic Development Strategy, we pledged to slash the red tape and bureaucracy that makes it harder for local and global businesses to operate in Bermuda and to modernise outdated regulations that make it harder for businesses in Bermuda to grow.

“We know the best ideas and outcomes come through stakeholder engagement, consultation, and collaboration.

“Over the years, to support businesses and economic development, we have asked private sector organisations to submit suggestions regarding regulations that could be streamlined or reduced to boost economic activity. Unfortunately, before this exercise, the Government received only limited responses.

“Therefore, we determined that expanding consultation was necessary to ensure we fully understood which regulations were causing obstacles to business activity in Bermuda.

“On 16 March, the Red Tape Reduction Consultation was launched on to hear directly from the people about the challenges and barriers they face.

“The original closing date for the consultation was 30 April, which gave residents just over six weeks to share their ideas, experiences, and opinions.

“However, due to the positive number of submissions received in that initial period and the potential for even more impactful ideas from the public, we decided to extend the consultation period.

“The consultation officially closed on Friday, 10 May, with 95 submissions from members of the public, including streamlining specific government processes, expanding online services, and helpful suggestions on outdated laws.

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“The submissions from the public have been broken down by Ministry, with the majority of the submissions falling under the ministries of Economy & Labour, Finance, and Transport, which breakdown as follows:

  • Economy & Labour- 20 submissions
  • Transport- 16 submissions
  • Finance- 15 submissions

“The remaining submissions by the Ministry are as follows:

  • The Cabinet Office- 8 submissions
  • There are three submissions each for the Ministries of Public Works, Health, Home Affairs, and Legal Affairs & Constitutional Reform.
  • Two for the Ministries of National Security and Youth, Social Development, and Seniors.
  • 1 for the Ministry of Education

“The remaining 19 submissions have been categorised as general government policy or comments about Government operations and did not fall under a specific ministry.

“After the consultation period closed, we received several submissions from local businesses through the Chamber of Commerce. These are being reviewed and will be allocated to the appropriate Ministries.

“We are truly grateful to everyone who submitted their ideas. Your voices matter; we are listening because you, the public, are our most valued stakeholders.

“We know that consulting the public and following through on their feedback to make tangible changes works.

“We saw this when we established a minimum wage, our Economic Recovery Plan following the pandemic, modernised outdated laws such as the Distilleries Act, which prohibited distilling alcohol on the island, which was part of a consultation during the pandemic and, most recently, our Corporate Income Tax Regime.

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“This Red Tape Reduction Consultation will be no different.

“The Government will take public feedback on board and consider how we can use it to improve efficiency and promote economic growth that benefits Bermudian businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers.

“All submissions will now be shared with Cabinet Ministers to determine the next steps and how outdated processes, systems, or legislation can be modernised, updated, or removed.

“I will report to Parliament before the end of the session on the progress made on these submissions.

“In addition to these efforts, we continue to focus on other critical areas that support collective progress and prosperity.

“We are making it easier for Bermudians to start on the path to homeownership through the Mortgage Guarantee Programme and eliminating stamp duty for first-time homeowners and also eliminating duty on mortgage transfer so persons can move their rate from one bank to another without paying anything to the Government to ensure they achieve a lower rate at some of our banks.

“We are following through on our promise to improve our roads and infrastructure. Extensive road paving is taking place throughout the island, digital fare media will commence in June on public transport, and new ferries are being constructed.

“Standard & Poor’s recent reaffirmation of Bermuda’s A+ long-term sovereign credit rating reflects our sound economic policies and the delivery of a balance budget. And the feedback received through the Red Tape Reduction Consultation will help us further improve Bermuda’s economic landscape.

“The Government recognises there is more work to be done. So, just as we consulted and delivered on a minimum wage, legal reform, and economic recovery, we will deliver on reducing red tape and improving government services to support further economic growth.

“As I close, we again extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in the consultation and contributed their ideas.

“This is not just about removing barriers to business success; it is also about creating opportunities, fostering a more inclusive economy and progressing towards a better, fairer Bermuda.

“Thank you – and I’m happy to take your questions.”

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  1. Hilarious! says:

    “However, due to the positive number of submissions received in that initial period and the potential for even more impactful ideas from the public, we decided to extend the consultation period.”

    Translation: We want to see more potential money-making ideas for F&F.

  2. Steve says:

    More dire rubbish from Burt.But those voted PLP in are the fools themselves.

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Premier & Minister of Finance David Burt held a press conference today … As your Government, we believe in a Bermuda where everyone has a voice, and our strength lies in listening to those voices when they speak about what is needed.”


    • Hey says:

      Another pack of lies from the me, myself and I, current incarnation of the PLP.

  4. Hilarious! says:

    The real takeaway from this consultation is that our Government employees from the top on down, really do the bare minimum in their jobs. From my experience, working inter-departmentally to solve problems is a no-no.

    For example, how much money legally due the Government is outstanding (and growing daily) because Ministries will not work together to collect the money? $300+ million? Money that would be used (hopefully) to fix the roads, repair our schools, etc.

    In the real world, the head(s) of Accounts Receivable would be fired. In Bermuda, people in Government seem to get outstanding service awards.

  5. My fingers are crossed says:

    There should be updates every 3 months if not it was another dumb idea if 80 percent remains the same.

  6. Glen says:

    And after careful consideration, everything is awarded to Zane Dasilva….

  7. Ringmaster says:

    Save the meaningless waffle and lies and read and implement the SAGE Report.

    • Billy says:

      Shouldn’t you be busy trying to change the party name again or are you and the other clowns in the obaUBP waiting for the election?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “ead and implement the SAGE Report”

      It has only been a little over a decade since the final report was delivered. Give the PLP Government a break!

      • Hilarious! says:

        Absolutely! Give the PLP time. By now only 13-20 people in Bermuda remember the SAGE report. Something newer, flashier, and uses F&F at taxpayer expense is required for SAGE 2.0.

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