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David Burt was invited to the State House in Boston by the Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to talk about the island's links with the US Northeast.

The Premier was accompanied by Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister. The discussion touched on jobs, trade, tourism, education, healthcare and insurance and reinsurance links.

Mr Burt said: “It was a pleasure to meet Governor Baker at the state capitol and talk about Bermuda's meaningful long-time connections to this region. We share common social and economic challenges, from climate change to technological disruption, as well as great business opportunities, so we look forward to continuing these fruitful discussions.”

Also in the group was Pamela Burrows, assistant financial secretary, and the Bermuda Business Development Agency's chief executive officer Andy Burrows.

The group also met with Mark Sullivan, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, who gave a tour of the historic Beacon Hill building, including the 18th-century Massachusetts House of Representatives Chamber.

Mr Burrows said: “Our visit to Boston was a valuable opportunity to meet with business and civic leaders and discuss mutual challenges and opportunities both our communities can take advantage of.

“The conversations highlighted economic areas Bermuda and the Greater Boston area are strategically focused on, and those it would benefit us to explore further. The Bermuda-Boston history was appreciated, and our discussions were a good way to renew relationships and forge new bonds.”

The Bermuda delegation, in Boston to attend the Risk and Insurance Management Society annual conference, met at City Hall with Boston's chief of economic development John Barros, who detailed urban-renewal projects he has spearheaded to revitalise neighbourhoods and foster economic inclusion. The group also sat down with Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce CEO James Rooney and his executive team to discuss ways to encourage innovation, racial equity, and workforce competitiveness, and was invited to tour the Boston Options Exchange, which shares a majority owner, TMX, with the Bermuda Stock Exchange.

In addition, the Premier and the team paid a visit to the downtown headquarters of Circle.com, a virtual currencies exchange company whose founders visited the Cabinet Office last week and are planning to establish a Bermuda presence.

Media coverage, including a broadcast by Tom Moroney and Janet Wu of Bloomberg Radio's Baystate Business, discussed the island's economy and historical, maritime and modern-day links with the region. Earlier in the week, in-depth interviews also took place with insurance industry media at Rims, including The Insurer, Business Insurance, Reactions and AM Best-TV, along with Rims-TV.

Talking point: David Burt, Curtis Dickinson and Andy Burrows were interviewed by Bloomberg Radio in Boston (Photograph supplied)
Leaders meet: David Burt, second left, shakes the hand of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, flanked by Andy Burrows, left, and Curtis Dickinson (Photograph supplied)
Boston landmark: David Burt, left, Andy Burrows and Curtis Dickinson in the State House in Boston (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 02, 2019 at 7:38 pm (Updated May 02, 2019 at 9:50 pm)

Leaders welcome Bermuda team in Boston

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