Young people to put Premier on the spot

  • David Burt, the Premier (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Young people are to get the chance to voice their views to the Premier at a public meeting next week.

David Burt said he had gauged interest in the event on his Twitter feed before he announced it will take place on Tuesday from 5.30pm.

The “open conversation” was arranged with social media company Bermemes and is expected to be broadcast live.

Mr Burt tweeted on Tuesday: “I read a lot of concerns from young Bermudians on Twitter.”

Mr Burt continued: “Would you attend a town hall meeting where I listen and respond to issues of concern to those aged 18 to 35?”

He posted a poll that attracted 370 votes — 83.2 per cent responded “for sure” and 16.8 per cent said they were “not interested”.

Some people added comments and offered suggestions, including that young Bermudians should host the event.

Mr Burt wrote on Thursday: “Following my recent Twitter poll, I have decided to partner with Bermemes to host ‘Your Island. Your Voice. Conversations with the Premier 2020’ live.”

He added: “Spaces are limited so please RSVP to confirm your attendance. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Qian Dickinson of Bermemes, who will moderate the event, said: “We are excited that the Premier has reached out to us with the opportunity to partner by utilising our platform for this event.”

Mr Dickinson continued: “We see this as a great outlet for young people to not only voice their ideas and concerns for a better Bermuda, but to stimulate a mindset that they need to be a part of the process.”

He added: “We will also have a team working with the Government to create a great atmosphere for those in attendance, and to monitor and submit questions received in real-time through our online platforms.”

The event, which will start with networking before the discussion at 6.30pm, will be held at the Visitor Services Centre in Hamilton. To RSVP, visit www.gov.bm/yourislandyourvoice<;/i>