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Dunkley to attend Miami infrastructure event

KPMG: staging island infrastructure conference

Only a few places remain for a major inter-island infrastructure conference organised by professional services firm KPMG.

The company’s Island Infrastructure Summit, which will feature contributions from Michael Dunkley, the Premier of Bermuda, and senior business figures and politicians from across the Caribbean, will be held in Miami from Sunday, October 4 to Tuesday October 6 with the theme of “transforming island economies”.

KPMG Bermuda senior manager Lori Lochhead said: “Transformation goes far beyond development and redevelopment of infrastructure, embracing a spectrum of the imperatives that islands are achieving, including fiscal sustainability, delivery of quality public services and economic growth.”

She added: “In the 21st century, governments are critically examining not only what they must deliver, but how best to deliver services — a major reason why topics such as implementing technology-driven solutions to reduce costs, energy reform and new and emerging partnership models are prominent features of the summit’s agenda.”

The summit, the fourth of its kind, aims to look at how island nations can create $15 billion-$20 billion in major building projects to help boost prosperity.

KPMG Bermuda managing director Steve Woodward said: “The regional focus on economic growth, deficit reduction and long-term fiscal sustainability has inevitably led island governments to seek to optimise public asset management in a way which maximises the benefit of the asset to current and future generations.”

He said questions including whether divestment of all, or part of an asset will provide inward investment, planning as a way to reduce costs of maintenance and operation, and moving from service delivery to strategic management and regulation would all be looked at.

Anyone interested in attending the summit or learning more about the agenda should visit http://www.kpmgislandinfrastructuresummit.com/.