#Providenciales, June 26, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – On Wednesday 20th June 2018, The Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, and Ministers of Government attended the 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Chairman of the Ports Authority Board, Devon Williams presented Ports Authority Annual Report for 2017/18. In his report Mr. Williams stressed the importance of ports to the overall development of the TCI. Chairman Williams also highlighted progress on capital projects, particularly the commencement of a consultancy to plan the redevelopment and modernization of the South Dock, Providenciales port. Chairman Williams also noted that the Ports Authority is also participating in a government-led Transport Sector Infrastructure Master plan consultancy which purports to improve connectivity through a coordinated and enhanced transport network.
Premier Robinson, who also has responsibility for the TCI Ports Authority, brought featured remarks. She reiterated the important role the ports play in the economy, and also noted recent progress on ports capital projects. The Premier indicated with several development projects for the TCI recently announced and others in the planning stage, there would be increased need for effective ports. Referring to the South Dock, Providenciales Redevelopment and Modernization project, Premier Robinson emphasized that her government was not looking for another ‘shelf’ document. The Premier stressed the importance of putting in place proper implementation arrangements for the project, which would be recommended by the consultancy.
Attendees were also enlightened by remarks brought from shipping agent and freight forwarder Carl Simons, Deputy Director of Ports Delton Jones and a representative of the Consultancy firm CBCL Limited.
During the AGM, past Chairmen of the Board and Directors who retired in 2017/18 were also recognized for their contributions to the development of the ports system.
The AGM was attended by stakeholders in the private sector, government departments and members of the Ports Authority staff.