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OTs well equipped to be our own experts

On Sunday on Hott 107.5FM, beginning at 8pm, we will once again have a Cross-Caribbean Conversation/Territories Talk with guests from other British Overseas Territories.

Our line-up of panellists this month consists of the following persons: host Kim Swan, Woody DaCosta, of Cayman Islands, Sutcliffe Hodge, of Anguilla, and Drexwell Seymour, of Turks & Caicos Islands.

Each of our panellists brings a wealth of knowledge of local and regional affairs. Most importantly, they bring a passion to see the further sustainable development of the people of the OTs. They are all voracious readers and researchers who will present facts for critical thought.

This month we will be discussing a wide range of topics affecting all Overseas Territories, such as the upcoming change of leadership in the United Kingdom and how it may affect the OTs, climate change, immigration, crime and healthcare.

As a prime example of similarities in the OTs, the Cayman Islands has now begun discussing the merits of changing its healthcare system, while the British Virgin Islands is now embarking on the road towards comprehensive immigration reform.

Interestingly enough, Bermuda is the only OT in the region that has a public transportation system. All other islands have only private minibuses or taxis. The new government of the BVI is exploring setting up a public transportation system and will be visiting our island to see how the concept works.

We should feel a sense of pride that we are setting the example in this regard for other islands.

All of the aforementioned topics are subject matters of high importance here in Bermuda. Therefore, it is important to hear how other jurisdictions are dealing with the same challenges that we face. We have a lot to learn from each other and to share with each other.

Within these small jurisdictions, with similar histories and present-day realities, we are our own best experts on any given subject matter. For too long we have relied on so-called experts from much larger countries, with no real familiarity of how small islands operate, to attempt to figure out our problems for us.

The reality is that we are our own best experts and the more we cross-pollinate successful concepts or pitfalls to be avoided, the better off we all will be.

The format and logistics of the show allow for us to have up to four panellists speak via a WhatsApp conference call, with the ability for listeners to call in to (441) 297-1075 as they see fit.

Judging by previous shows, there is a large proportion of persons from across the region who wish to engage with our guests. We look forward to you tuning in and/or calling on Sunday at 8pm Bermuda time, 7pm in Anguilla, BVI, Turks & Caicos, and 6pm in the Cayman Islands.

A link for the SoundCloud page that has recordings of all of our previous shows can be found at https://soundcloud.com/thomas-famous.

On a final note, happy Father’s Day to all and happy Bermuda Heroes Weekend.

Christopher Famous is a government backbencher and the MP for Devonshire East (Constituency 11). You can reach him at WhatsApp on 599-0901 or e-mail at cfamous@plp.bm