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Bermuda Ferry System Receives International Recognition

7 November 2007

Good Afternoon.

We have invited you here to the Number Six Shed to share with you a landmark tourism agreement, but before we get to that I want to deliver an exciting transportation development.

The world-renown International Association of Public Transport has asked Bermuda to Chair its Waterborne Transit Committee.

The international community has a great deal of respect for what we have accomplished with our network of ferries – particularly the high-speed catamaran ferries. And global leaders in public transportation want to emulate in other countries what we have done here in Bermuda.

Therefore, with Bermuda chairing its Waterborne Transit Committee, other countries can learn from our successes.

I'm pleased to announce that our transportation coordinator Larry Jacobs will serve as Chairman of this prestigious committee. After working with Mr. Jacobs I can tell you that he is the right man for the job.

Congratulations, Larry I know you will represent Bermuda well.

This development is a true compliment to the work this Government has done in the area of public transportation. Today it's clear that our hard work has been endorsed by the rest of the world. The old cliché proves true: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

There is more information on all of this in the press release you have been given and Mr. Jacobs will be available later to answer any questions you may have on this subject.