Cabinet Office spokesperson responds to BEST Criticism

“The concerns raised by BEST despite their aggressive political stance are ones that the Government takes extremely seriously.

“BEST’s arguments simply do not agree with the facts. Under this Government we have sought to take a balanced approach between preserving our natural resources and overall environment, while ensuring that development projects that benefit Bermudians through jobs and opportunities are executed responsibly.

“We do not agree with the view that sustainable development means there should be no development. Especially if it can impact positively on the lives of Bermudians seeking jobs and looking to make ends meet.

“Despite BEST’s claims, this Government has been pioneering on climate action and introduced the Bermuda Plan to protect and conserve areas, species and natural features of significance.

“On an added and important note, as outlined in the Government’s Economic Development Strategy 2023-2027 (page: 38 – 39):

  • Investment of capital is critical to growing Bermuda’s economic assets. Attracting investment across multiple sectors creates a more diverse economy which in turn increases economic resilience and employment opportunities. The aim is to create an environment whereby Bermuda is more competitive and attractive for investment. There is a need to attract external investors and enable continued investment by those businesses which are already working on or with local land, buildings, commercial enterprises, people and technologies…. As the world is rapidly evolving and the use of new technologies become mainstream the island’s infrastructure must evolve as well.

“Government recognizes the crucial role that the Department of Planning plays in facilitating and supporting new investment and as such has worked these past years to streamline procedures that have resulted in a more efficient, yet responsible decision-making process. 

“We are committed to ensuring that Bermuda’s environmental concerns are a priority as we also seek to create new jobs and opportunities for Bermudians. We believe this balanced approach is not only what Bermudians want, it’s what Bermuda needs.

“Protecting our Environment and looking out for the best interests of Bermudian workers and entrepreneurs will need all of us working together, especially when we disagree. That’s why we will continue to engage with stakeholders in the community like BEST so that we are able to address and alleviate their concern while seeking the best path forward for all.

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