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Turks and Caicos Post Cabinet Meeting Statement

#TurksandCaicos, May 10, 2018 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 10th meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, at the N J S Francis Building on Grand Turk.

All Ministers were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

 

  • Approved the write-off of unrecovered staff advance account balances of former TCIG staff from the TCIG Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet) for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval in accordance with Section 51 of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012;

 

  • Noted the decision by the TCI Civil Aviation Authority to acquire a new Aviation Audit Data Management Tool subject to budgetary provision being made;

 

  • Approved draft policy guidelines on the waiver of customs storage fees on materials imported by individuals to replace items destroyed or damaged in the September hurricanes;

 

  • Approved the renewal of TCIG’s policy for tropical storm/hurricane insurance cover for 2018/19 with the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility, Segregated Portfolio Company (CCRIF SPC);

  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the draft Turks and Caicos Islander (Amendment) Bill 2018 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval;

 

  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the draft Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, subject to budgetary provision being made to implement the proposed changes to the Road Traffic Ordinance and Regulations being amended, for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval;

 

  • Approved the appointments of members to the TCI Community College Board of Governors and the Education Advisory Board/Scholarship Committee which fall under the Ministry of Education;

 

  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the draft Electricity (Validation) Bill 2018 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval;

 

  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the grant of a 25-year lease, with an option to renew, over Crown Land Parcel 61112/281 on Providenciales for the establishment of a beach park facility for kiteboarding and windsurfing on Long Bay Beach;

 

  • Received a report from the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming on feedback from a public consultation on a draft Gaming Bill. Cabinet approved amendments to the draft Bill following the public consultation subject to the Ministry identifying and confirming to Cabinet that there is budgetary provision to give effect to the Bill;

 

  • Approved the appointments of members to the Prison Visiting Committee in accordance with Section 44 (1) of the Prisons Ordinance;

 

  • The Hon. Premier presented a report on steps that TCIG is taking to remedy ongoing problems at the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB);

 

  • Agreed a final extension to the interim appointment of Dr Hamlet Nation to act as CEO of the NHIB with effect from 17 May 2018;

 

  • At the request of His Excellency the Governor, received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on progress to appoint a new Board for Invest TCI;

  • At the request of the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming, received an up-date from the Hon. Attorney General on the provision of ATM banking services on North Caicos;

 

  • In response to a request by the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming, His Excellency the Governor undertook to seek an up-date on the status of TCIG’s Overseas Offices;

 

  • Discussed departmental budget allocations and priorities;

 

  • Her Excellency the Deputy Governor briefed Cabinet on a meeting that she had with the TCI School Teacher’s Association on 8 May;

 

  • Confirmed Cabinet approval of policy guidelines on the waiver of customs duties on materials imported by individuals to replace items destroyed or damaged in the September hurricanes; and approval of the draft National Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Strategy 2018-2019 (“the National Strategy”) and AML/CFT National Action Plan 2018-2019 (“the National Action Plan”).

 

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

 

Release: Gov. UK

 

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