Public feedback on eliminating bureaucratic red tape to operate and modernise local and global businesses, by eliminating outdated rules and regulations, generated 95 recommendations.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Premier and Finance Minister David Burt said those recommendations will ultimately be used to streamline government procedures.

After a two-month consultation period, he said the submissions have been broken down, with the majority falling under only three ministries – Economy and Labour, Finance and Transport.

He was quick to note that “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.

“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,” he said.

The Premier also noted that “everyone has a voice”, and as a Government, he said: “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.”

He also noted that the Government “pledged to slash the red tape and bureaucracy that makes it harder for local and global businesses to operate in Bermuda” in their Economic Development Strategy.

That strategy was also designed “to modernise outdated regulations that make it harder for businesses in Bermuda to grow”.

The consultation process was launched on March 16 on “to hear directly from the people about the challenges and barriers they face”.

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

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

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the public, including streamlining specific government processes, expanding online services, and helpful suggestions on outdated laws”.

Since then, the submissions “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 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
  • One 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.” he added.

“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.”

Moving forward, he said the feedback would go a long way to help government “to make tangible changes work”.

“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.

“This Red Tape Reduction Consultation will be no different,” said Mr Burt.

“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.”

Once fine-tuned, the recommendations will be shared with Cabinet Ministers “to determine the next steps and how outdated processes, systems, or legislation can be modernised, updated, or removed”.

The Premier concluded: “I will report to Parliament before the end of the session on the progress made on these submissions.”