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Turks and Caicos Islands Government Completes National Skills Audit

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#TurksandCaicos, March 1, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, under the direction of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment, has conducted a National Skills Audit, which assesses the level of skills that are currently available throughout the country and the demographic attributes of each skill set.

The report was completed and presented to Cabinet in August 2017 by consultant Dunn Pierre Barnett and Associates Limited (DPBA), located in Toronto, Canada, and Kingston, Jamaica.

The Turks and Caicos Islands National Skills Audit and Migration Study provides insight and information on the skills and knowledge needs and imbalances within the country and it also identifies the occupations and skills required to meet the changing needs of the economy and labour market.

It is the vision and intention of the Government to have this report utilized as a guide for its own educational policies, and that of other educational establishments, on the introduction and offering of vocational programmes, career and personal development.  This approach would lead to more targeted training and development and better recruitment to meet the needs for sustainable development of a vibrant and competitive workforce in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The information contained in the audit will further enable all stakeholders – government, employers, individuals, universities, colleges, other training providers, social and political actors – to make well-informed decisions about which areas of the economy that are most likely to provide opportunities in terms of employment and economic growth, and about the areas of possible skills shortages and deficiencies, now and in the future.

In appreciation for the changing trends in the populace in recent years, the study looks at the impact on population growth, including inward and outward migration in the TCI, the employment and skills of migrants, the social and economic challenges that they face in the TCI, and the impact on their dependents.

Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood stated that; “I am pleased that the National Skills Audit is now complete.  This document is a blueprint that can be used for the future development of the Turks and Caicos Islands especially as we, in this critical time, seek to focus on the education system and its offerings, the development of our people and the revamping of our employment services to ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are not marginalized in their own country.”

The Commissioner of Labour, Edwin Taylor remarked that; “The National Skills Audit provides the TCIG with more accurate knowledge of current competency levels within the country.  This knowledge can assist individuals with career pathing and provide skills gap information for future scholarship allocation.  I am hoping this information can assist us in partnering more with the private sector, and focusing more of our training efforts to build local capacity.”

In February 2018 the Audit was presented to the Ministry of Education in an exchange of hands between the Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon Sean R. Astwood, and the Minister with responsibility for Education, the Hon. Karen Malcolm.

Click here to view the full report.

 

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Statement on Incident Involving Visitor on 2nd October 2022

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#TurksandCaicos, October 4, 2022 – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) regrets the unfortunate incident involving the death of a visitor to our islands on 2nd October 2022.  The incident which occurred was accidental and not one in which the victim was targeted.  While the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police force (RTCIPF) continues their investigations, we wish to reassure the public (citizens, residents, and visitors alike) that the safety and security of all, is our top priority.

The TCI has long established itself as a safe destination for visitors from around the world.  Evidence of this can be seen in the countless awards the destination has won, most recently at the World Travel Awards.  Our commitment to providing safety to residents and visitors is unwavering.  The government will continue to work with local authorities including the RTCIPF and our partners in the international community to protect residents and visitors alike.

The incident which occurred on the date mentioned above is one that is rare and does not reflect who we are as a people.  On behalf of the government and people of these islands, we extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

As this matter is now an on-going police investigation, further statements will be referred to RTCIPF.

The TCI remains a safe destination and the government is working assiduously for it to remain as such.

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – Prime Minister of the Bahamas Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis is again calling for equality in the financial services sector and for the United Nations to leverage its universal jurisdiction for greater oversight of global anti-money laundering de-risking and tax cooperation matters.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Prime Minister Davis said the Bahamas is one of the best-regulated countries in the world, yet it has been under attack by international bodies and placed on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) blacklist while transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

He questioned why this was the case and highlighted some disparities in the financial sector.

“Why is it that European states that operate frameworks akin to that of high-risk or blacklisted countries, are not even eligible for inclusion on these lists? Why are all the countries targeted – all of them – small and vulnerable, and former colonies of European states? We find it astounding that the $2-$3 trillion dollars which is estimated to be laundered each year through the developed countries, are never flagged as causes for concern,” articulated Phillip Davis, addressing the 77th session in New York.

Prime Minister Davis further noted that there are elements of racism in the decision-making when it comes to regulating black-governed countries in the financial services sector. He also declared that black-governed countries matter as well.

And yet my country, which is widely recognized as one of the best-regulated countries in the world, and other countries like The Bahamas, are singled-out for such reputational attacks? The robust regulatory regimes of our Central Bank, Securities Commission, and Insurance Commission, are chastised on minor details of technical process, while much bigger transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

The evidence is mounting, that the considerations behind these decisions have less to do with compliance, and more to do with darker issues of pre-judged, discriminatory perceptions. Black-governed countries also matter.”

 Davis also highlighted the need for reforms that apply to all in the global financial system.

“Mr. President: We support the call for reforms in the global financial system to make it more relevant to the needs of today. But those reforms need ambition. They need to go beyond the incremental. And they need to apply to all. For example, the community of international financial institutions are in a position to forgive the debt incurred by the economic shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. They should do so.”

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Will US President Biden deliver on Climate Change funding?

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, October 1, 2022 – US President Joe Biden has reiterated his promise that low income countries, which are also low carbon emitters will receive increased climate aid from the US to the tune of $11 billion per year.

The President was speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly recently where he maintained his administration was working with Congress to get the funds which would ‘help lower-income countries implement their climate goals and ensure a just energy transition.’

The plan was announced in September 2021 and is a reflection of the USA’s part in the 2010 global pledge made by developed countries to give $100 billion annually in climate financing to developing nations each year.  Biden has indicated that the plan will be in effect by 2024.

While he stressed at the UN that the need is ‘enormous’ the President is having trouble convincing lawmakers at home.  So far the funding which must be approved by Congress has not materialized. The United States Congress is known for having a particularly tight hold on the national purse in regards to climate change funding.

In fact congress dedicated only a little over $1 billion to climate change this year according to Bloomberg.  The US also has a history of promising funding for climate change but not delivering on those high priced promises.

Whether this $11 billion will actually get to nations like those in the Caribbean region is yet to be seen.

This year, the General Assembly heard from 190 speakers, including 76 Heads of State, 50 Heads of Government, four Vice-Presidents, five Deputy Prime Ministers, 48 Ministers and seven Heads of Delegations according to General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi as he summed up the first in-person General Debate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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