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Bilateral Meeting with EU Code of Conduct Group and TCI

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#TurksandCaicos, February 27, 2018 – Providenciales – The Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson convene a special meeting with the Code of Conduct Group on Monday 19th, February 2018 to have bilateral talks with the COCG who has responsibility for evaluating countries compliant standing.  The meeting was held as a result of standard communications received from the Secretariat of the COCG relating the EU Screening and Evaluation Process.

Member States of the European Union collectively agrees to published a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Any country failing to meet the standard for international cooperation defined by the Code of Conduct Group – Business Taxation is deemed to be non-complaint and is placed on the EU Blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions.

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Turks and Caicos Islands assessment for 2017 was deferred due to the storms of 2017 (Hurricanes Irma and Maria) but still require to have in place, and to commit by the end of 2018 to have implement the three (3) fundamental requirements of the EU compliant standard criteria.

  1. Tax transparency
  2. Fair Taxation
  3. Implementation of anti-BEPS measures

Criteria 1 and 3 have meet the standard and is in place via the various automatic reporting of financial accounts information carried out by CRS – Common Reporting Standard.  The absence of a direct taxation reporting regime gives the appearance of preferential treatment for companies to set up offshore structures or arrangements aimed at attracting profits which do not reflect real economic activity in the jurisdiction.

Despite sharing Turks and Caicos Islands taxation regime, the fair taxation criteria is the most critical concern to the COCG evaluation and screening exercise.  All jurisdictions with offshore financial services businesses are affected by this criteria, and have to present strategies of how their jurisdictions are proposing to addressed this concern.

Turks and Caicos Islands discussions with the Code of Conduct Group on the fair taxation criteria concern was very fruitful and promising with further dialogue to continue with a view to satisfying the COCG requirements.  This does not call for the imposition of direct taxation.

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Premier Robinson commenting on the Meeting stated “I was pleased for TCI to have been able to have an audience in this way with the COCG on this important issue.  I was even more pleased to be able to demonstrate to the representatives the important partnership between the public and private sector and our joint commitment to comply with international standards.  It was a great opportunity to enlighten the members of TCI’s position even ahead of our official response to the Questionnaire.  The Ministry of Finance along with several key stakeholder departments will continue to lead collaboratively and we are committed to ensuring that TCI is not blacklisted”.

Photo Caption: TCI Delegation: Hon. Premier – Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright – Robinson, P/S Finance – Mrs. Athenee Harvey   – Basden, Director EOI Unit – Mr. Henry Saunders, London Rep – Ms. Tracy Knight & TCI Private Sector Rep – Mr. David Stewart.

 

Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson

Premier & Minister of Finance

The Turks and Caicos Islands

 

 

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Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP

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#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role.Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders.Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence.It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off.  He was unable to secure that much backing.A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed.It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts.However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.

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TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.

“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.

The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.

In the first,  a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.

We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.

The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.

Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.

A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.

Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.

Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:

  • Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
  • if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
  • Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.

The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.

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Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.

Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.

Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present.  Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.

Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.

Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.

Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.

Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.

Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.

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