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The Premier’s Daily Update (September 15th, 2017)



#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Welcomed Lord Ahmed to the Turks and Caicos last evening.   Traveled with Lord Ahmed, Minister with responsibility for the Overseas Territories and H.E to Grand Turk to view the damages.   While there the Minister also met with the Senior Government Officials.   The Minister also used the opportunity to record a message to the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands pledging the UK’s support.   The Minister also had an opportunity to meet key persons including the Leader of the Opposition and see affected areas in Providenciales.

Today I also welcomed a high level Caribbean Delegation led by the Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Dr Keith Mitchell, Chair of Caricom.   Also a part of his delegation was the Secretary General of Caricom, Head of CDEMA, Attorney General from Barbados, and Head of RSS and other personnel.   We gave the delegation a tour of some of the areas affected.   They received a briefing on our state and pledged their assistance.

Press Conferences were held at points of departure for both delegations.   Thank you Provo Air Center and John Smith of Airports Authority.

Today I also met and welcomed UK Aid personnel.

Digicel today restored priority areas of service for Government operations, the TV Service was restored at Resorts and more and more customers are seeing their services restored.

Flow today restored mobile service for its Grand Turk customers.   Government us working to organize charging stations.

First Caribbean Bank provided access to cash services to its customers today in Grand Turk.

Yesterday Scotia Bank was able to offer its customers in Grand Turk ATM Services.

80% of the homes in Grand Turk are receiving city water.

More government sponsored relief items was shipped to Grand Turk today.

Salt Cay residents slowly returning to the Island.

Welcomed a contingent from the Bermuda Regiment today.   This Body was very helpful Post Ike to the Islands and Grand Turk in particular.

The UK Military continues to provide support to the Island of Grand Turk with special emphasis on the Port.

Met with UNICEF today with other Ministers to discuss plans for support for our children.   Expect a big announcement in this area.   UNICEF has brought in relief items for children.

The Ministry of Education is working hard to get Schools opened.   This remains a top priority and announcements will be made soon.

Damage assessments continue to be carried out throughout the country.

Will provide fuller update on Fortis tomorrow.

Said farewell to Cayman Islands Police Officers who provided helicopter assistance for the first week.   They were the first on the ground.   God bless Cayman Islands.

We are rebounding!

Update: Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson


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Governor’s Appointed Member touts Civil Service Upgrade during Budget Debates



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – There are sweeping changes coming to the civil service this year after years of complaints about delays and understaffing.

“For the year 2023/24, the office of the Deputy Governor has a very ambitious public sector transformation centered around improving service delivery and the customer experience.”

This came from Governors Appointed Member Willin Belliard, as he rose in the budget debates on Thursday May 18 to detail the revamp.

Phase one of E-procurement which will allow for the virtual submission of tenders is to be implemented. Along with that will come E-Jobs, a similar system touted to make job applications virtual, swift and easy.

Implementation of the Human Capital Procurement Program is also on the list of deliverables. Human capital is sorely lacking in the Turks and Caicos across the public and private sectors with hundreds of vacancies sitting open and resignations continuing to pile up.

Public servants will also find it easier to enroll into the all new Public Sector Pension Plan with the advent of a portal to remove the need for paper based applications.

The previously announced pay grading exercise is on the table to be completed and a Contract management unit has now been created to manage the delivery of projects that taxpayers are funding.

Residents of the Turks and Caicos have complained bitterly about the state of the civil service in the country for years. From police records to the treasury, the service is characterized by low staffing, frustrating wait time and long lines.

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Home Affairs Budget will fund Online Portal for DMV, New Fire Trucks and more says Otis Morris



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – A bevy of important legislative changes and tangible projects are on the agenda for the Ministry of Home Affairs this year, as the ministry attempts to institute an all new Utilities Bill; a complete revamp of the postal service including personal mailboxes and much more.

The plans were shared on May 18th by Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs as he made his contribution to the National Budget debate, last month.

Morris’ ministerial portfolio is a broad one, covering telecommunications, transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), fire services and water services; the PNP Administration, in its Budget passed on Friday May 19, has carved out $26 million for Home Affairs and among the first targets:  mail physically delivered to residents’ doorsteps.

“The Postal Services intends to set up residential mailboxes in several communities on Providenciales,” Morris said. He explained that this would begin with houses that have 911 numbers and mailbox numbers will match house numbers, TCI will be first in the Caribbean to implement it according to the Minister.

Connections will also be made with the US Postal service to allow small businesses locally, to send their product overseas with courier services provided by the local Postal Office through the United States Postal Services, and others for priority delivery to the good’s destination within two business days. This could open up small businesses in the country to the US Market expanding their client base by hundreds of millions.

In relation to water services Morris said:  “As we speak, the contractor is advancing the contract for the installation of the new piping system to connect the RO Plant to the 1-million-gallon storage facility At the same time, the new booster pump house at the 1-million-gallon-storage facility has also been completed.”

In addition, contracts for another 1-million-gallon Salt Water Reverse Osmosis Plant and 1-million-gallon storage facility have been signed, and initial stages have begun. It’s good news especially for Grand Turk residents who have had recurring issues with water availability for years.

The service time at the DMV is another long standing issue on the agenda to be fixed this year, with a new database that will allow for online applications for new and renewed licenses.  Morris says it will dramatically reduce the wait time.

Other projects promised to be completed this financial year include:

  • Collaborating with Carnival Cruises to add the Prison Farm as a tour stop
  • New volunteer fire services,
  • A new fire truck from the Miami Dade Fire and Rescue Department for North and Middle Caicos,
  • A £14 million solar panel on Government buildings project,
  • A Child Safeguarding Champion initiative to train students to identify and report abuse and provide support,
  • A Partnership for Peace program in collaboration with UN Women to engage local men and boys.

In addition to those projects, Morris says he will be going to the House of Assembly with several bills to tackle long standing issues for the public. They include:

  • Amendments to the Road Traffic and Motor Vehicles Ordinances,
  • Revising the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance to make applying for status easier,
  • Legislation for the implementation of Local Government,
  • Drafting of Utilities Regulatory Agency Bill to create a regulatory agency for electricity water and more,
  • Amendments to the Electricity Ordinance to include provisions for renewable energy.

Along with the all new Utilities Regulatory Agency, a new Department of Rehabilitation and Community Services will be created; plus a new Publishing Policy is in the works, Morris says, to highlight the gaps and missed opportunities, as it relates to the utilization of modern equipment.

Morris swore to continue to be a servant leader for residents across the country, maintaining that the budget was not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of his values and aspirations,

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Even UK Royals aware of Turks & Caicos Illegal Migration issues, says Premier 



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – The UK government is well aware of the escalation of the issues the  Turks and Caicos is plagued with as it relates to irregular migration.  Even the Royal Family is clued in to the size of the problem according to Premier, Washington Misick.

“As it stands at the moment, this is our piece of the globe that we have to protect and we will do everything we can to prevent the degradation of the conditions within the Turks and Caicos islands,” he vowed.

The country leader was speaking at a national address to introduce Operation PURSUIT in response to exponential levels of migrants trying to breach the country’s borders.  The Premier said assistance would be coming from the United Kingdom in short order, including the possibility of more permanent marine support, which some residents think the UK should provide, since they are responsible for national security in the country.

Misick refused to preempt what the UK would announce, but expressed confidence that help was on the way.  In addition to that he said he was in conversation with CARICOM and the US as well.

“The Prime Minister of The Bahamas is the president of CARICOM at the moment, I am indeed engaged with the Prime Minister. We have had conversations, also I have raised the issue with the Ministry of Defense in the United States so some wheels are turning.  Hopefully we will collectively be able to assist Haiti,” he said.

Operation PURSUIT, launched on May 23, is designed to curb crimes linked to irregular migration and human smuggling, is now in operation.

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