#Providenciales, July 13, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 15th meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, 9 July 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.
All Ministers were present.
At this meeting Cabinet:
- Approved the waiver of customs storage fees on personal effects imported by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Shiraz Aziz, in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Customs (Government Transit Shed and Queen’s Warehouse Rent) ( Amendment) Regulations 2016;
- Approved the appointments of the Rev. Claire Robinson and Mr. Mervin Cox to the TCI National Hurricane Recovery Task Force (NRTF) as representatives of the clergy and private sector respectively. Cabinet further agreed that the Director of Health Services should be appointed as an ex-officio member of the NRTF;
- Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the appointments of Mr. Robert Stubbs as Chairman of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) with effect from 1 August 2018 and Mr. Leonardo Ralph Patrick as a Member of the NHIB with effect from 14 July 2018 in accordance with Section 16 (1) of the National Health Insurance Amendment) Ordinance 2017;
- Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve, for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval, the following Bills to ensure TCI’s compliance with Financial Action Task Force recommendations to meet international standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing – Banking Amendment Bill 2018; Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Bill 2018; Companies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2018; Prevention of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2018; Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2018; Financial Intelligence Agency (Amendment) Bill 2018; Customs (Amendment) Bill 2018; Miscellaneous (Amendment) (Offences) Bill 2018;
- Endorsed proposals by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning to standardise the TCIG vehicle fleet;
- Approved, subject to budgetary provision having been made, the draft Agriculture Policy Implementation Plan as the official document to guide agricultural development in TCI;
- Noted an information paper from the Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control and Employment on a proposed partnership agreement between the Ministry of Border Control and Employment and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services to promote the employment of TC Islanders returning to TCI after completion of their studies;
- Discussed the state of progress on the Lighthouse Road project on Grand Turk which it was agreed the Hon. Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning would take forward with his Ministry;
- Received an up-date by the Hon. Deputy Premier on the political situation and unrest in Haiti and possible implications for TCI;
- The Hon. Premier up-dated Cabinet on her discussion with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas on the situation in Haiti;
- The Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming asked about banking services on North and Middle Caicos and called for steps to hasten the establishment of banking facilities there;
- The Hon. Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning up-dated Cabinet on measures to address the problems of water supply on Grand Turk. The Hon. Premier asked the Hon. Minister to bring a full up-date on the situation to the next meeting of Cabinet;
- Her Excellency the Deputy Governor reported that during their recent visit to TCI to asses possible UK military assistance in the event of another hurricane hitting TCI, the UK’s Military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) team had highlighted serious concerns about water supply and reserve stocks of water across TCI during this hurricane season;
- His Excellency the Governor confirmed that Cabinet had approved by round-robin the following – the re-appointment of members of the Public Health and Environment Board; proposals put forward by the Ministry of Education on TCI Internship Policy; and a request by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication to draw funding for HM Prison from the Contingency Fund;
Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.