#TurksandCaicos, May 24, 2018 – Providenciales – In an effort to inform and educate the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands on the regional and international obligations of the Office of Premier and Minister of Finance, Premier Robinson has issued an International Travel Report for 2018.
- OCTA (Brussels, Belgium) February 2018
The Turks and Caicos Islands has had a long relationship with European Union and as such the islands have significantly benefitted in expertise, advice and financial assistance over the years. The TCI most recently benefitted from two European Development Funds (EDF) 10 and 11 and is also a participant in several Regional EU Programs. Under the EDF 11 Program, which is focused on improvements in the education sector and sustainable energy, marine biodiversity, climate change and disaster risk reduction, we are currently receiving funding for our new School in Providenciales among other support for the education sector.
As the Chair of OCTA, the Premier was responsible for chairing the Ministerial Conference of OCTA and round table discussions, with her Ministerial colleagues. This year, the TCI also participated in a one-day meeting on oceans organised by OCTA, under the theme “More than 17,000,000 Km2 of Ocean Policy: OCTs and the Sustainable Management of the Ocean and its resources”. The Premier in her discussions as chair highlighted her governments challenges and commitment to the issues faced including: challenges with pollution, fisheries, new opportunities for blue growth and new opportunities for research. It is customary for the Chair of OCTA to host a Gala Dinner in honour of the delegates, officials and guests who have travelled to the host country, or in this instance Brussels, for the auspicious occasion. Following the Storms, the TCI did not have the usual expense for the Dinner and the costs were borne by the EU.
- 11th Commonwealth Business Forum (London, United Kingdom) 16-18 April, 2018
The Premier was invited by the Commonwealth of 52 countries to be a VIP speaker at the 11th Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) in London on 16-18 April 2018 in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Forum is a truly global event, that brought together Heads of Government, Ministers, and senior business leaders from around the world. It provided a valuable opportunity for high level dialogue on trade and investment between business and government leaders from across the Commonwealth and beyond. Organized by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, working with the UK Government and in partnership with the City of London, it was a unique gathering of global leaders. This event provided an opportunity to identify areas in which the Commonwealth can help its member countries to access modern financial services, harness technology and innovation, attract inward investment, and to improve sustainable business practices, particularly through public-private sector collaboration. The Premier addressed the session Economic and Climate Volatility: Innovation and Resilience for Island States and contributed her experience and leadership in this area.
- CDB Board of Governors Meeting (Grenada)
(AS MINISTER OF FINANCE)
The TCI is a member of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Each year the CDB hosts a general meeting for its members to discuss economic and social matters relevant to the financial viability of the region that will enhance growth, achieve and maintain stability, as well as reduce and alleviate poverty amongst its member countries. Last year, this Meeting was held in TCI as the Minister of Finance for the Turks and Caicos Islands was the serving Chair.
The forty-eighth (48th) Board of Governors meeting will be held in Grenada at the end of May 2018 and the theme of this year’s meeting is “Resilience”. The Hon. Premier was selected to speak on the topic ”Building Resiliency” as the Turks and Caicos Islands experienced two major tropical cyclones in September of 2017. The general theme for this year’s meeting would allow her and other leaders in other governments to share information and network as they embark on initiatives to build each country’s resilience to climate change, natural hazards and environmental changes for the survival of its people.
This Meeting will also allow the Hon. Premier to hold bi-lateral discussions with members of the CDB on the three areas of assistance that the Government is pursuing with the CDB in the following areas:
- Transport Sector Study;
- Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management; and
- Solid Waste Management
- Pre Joint Ministerial Council and JMC OT-EN (United Kingdom) June 11-15, 2018
The Pre- Joint Ministerial Conference meeting of Oversees Territory (OT) Leaders precedes the Joint Ministerial Conference that is slated for December 27-29, 2018 as a planning session to have candid discussions on those matters of priority affecting the Overseas Territories for inclusion on the Agenda of the JMC.
The Pre-Joint Ministerial Council (Pre-JMC) 2018 takes place against the backdrop of the United Kingdom (UK) decision to leave the European Union (EU). Overseas Territories (OT) Political Leaders will consider the direct engagement of the United Kingdom on Brexit without either side losing focus on non-EU issues which OTs require support on in areas such as environment, health, economic development and security. Given the anticipated UK preoccupation with Brexit, OT Political Leaders will present their priorities to the British Government to ensure they are on the UK’s agenda and that the UK follows through on agreed commitments.
The JMC OT-EN was established following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union as a forum for the implications of Brexit on the OT’s to be discussed and the priorities of the OT’s in the negotiations to be considered.
- CARICOM (Jamaica)
The Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community will be held 4-6 July 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. During the three (3) day conference Premier will seek to hold a bilateral with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irvine LaRocque and region leaders. This meeting of the conference of heads will also offer the opportunity to network with CARICOM leaders to address the body of Caribbean leaders to garner support for our challenges faced by the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The meeting is expected to focus on the effects on the economic climate on member states of the Caribbean Community and framework by which the Community can achieve growth and development amidst the current environment. Additionally, the issue of crime and security is top among the three broad area that are up for discussion.
The Heads of Governments are also scheduled to discuss issues relating to the region’s slow recovery from the global economic crises; the heavy debt burdens of some members and the effects policies by international financial institutions have had on the economies of CARICOM.
- Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) NOVEMBER 2018
The Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) is the highest political forum under the 2012 White Paper, bringing together UK Ministers, elected Leaders and Representatives of the Overseas Territories for the purpose of providing leadership and a shared vision for the Territories. The mandate is to monitor and drive forward collective priorities for action in the spirit of partnership.
Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson
Premier & Minister of Finance
The Turks and Caicos Islands