Those interested in knowing what happened at Minister Burch’s meeting with Bermudians In International Business can check out the 21Square twitter feed (on the right of this site) for notes I took during the meeting.
I’d like to extend my thanks to Minister Burch and his staff for hosting the meeting, it was very informative and I greatly appreciate his willingness to not only listen to and hear the views of Bermudians in International Business but also take notes and genuinely respond to every question and comment, sometimes even in a lighthearted and entertaining manner.
Personally I hope a number of things come from this meeting. One recommendation was extending the term limit to 10 or 15 years with perhaps an extension halved once that is up. I believe this would be a positive move. Another was to hold a similar meeting for non-Bermudians, I wholly believe that this would do a great deal to help improve perceptions among the expat community. I also believe it is worthwhile for Bermudians to deeply question our desire for no further long term residency grants given it’s impact on the contributions of long standing key non-Bermudians.
Finally I hope that more meetings like this occur and that we’ll see the rise of an association representing Bermudians In International Business as this style of gathering and voices of Bermudians working in the industry should have been formed long ago and has considerable value in helping our leadership understand how they can represent the interests of Bermudians in industry.
Edit: I’d like to add that while I was not fond of the approach taken to the meeting regarding “Bermudians Only” and the requirement of wristbands I decided to reserve judgment until the end. My thoughts now are that despite this rather controversial means of going about things there was considerable value in having only Bermudians attend. Hopefully to quell the negative PR that has occurred Minister Burch will follow up with a similar meeting for non-Bermudians for I believe it would go a long way towards changing perceptions for the better.