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Turks and Caicos Government Continues Active 2018/2019 Recruitment Drive

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#Providenciales, September 20, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – As a part of its efforts to continue to attract talent to the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service and to ensure that all new and vacant posts are filled across government on a timely basis, the Office of the Deputy Governor is pleased to launch its 4th Recruitment Drive for 2018/2019.

Thus far, a total of 3 recruitment drives have been conducted since the beginning of the 2018/2019 financial year, which began on April 1, 2018; with earlier recruitment drives having been conducted on:  May 11th, July 9th and August 2nd, 2018; including some 98 positions.

The fourth recruitment drive which is now being conducted includes over 45 positions and ranges across all ministries, including key positions in the Ministries of Health, Education, Infrastructure and Border Control.

Commenting on the continued recruitment exercise and TCIG’s success in its recruitment processes, Deputy Governor Anya Williams said; “As we continue to seek to fill key positions across government and to attract new talent to the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service, we are pleased with the continued level of interest in TCIG jobs.  During the first 3 three recruitment exercises we attracted a total of 738 applications for some 98 positions.

“What we have seen over the course of the last few years since the introduction of the new grade structure and the restructuring of a number of departments across government, is a keen interest from persons in the private sector to join the Turks and Caicos civil service.

“From within the civil service itself, we have also seen an improved upgrade in the skills of our current staff through the launch of the Civil Service Professional Development Fund and other programs which provide much needed training programs and access to scholarships and grants for Associate, Bachelors and Master’s degree programs, thereby allowing our current staff to compete for and be promoted from within the organization.

“As a part of our recruitment strategy, we have sought to provide more access to government vacancies by: launching a vacancies web-page on our site at www.gov.tc and by posting links to current vacancies on the official TCIG Press Office Facebook page www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig; by positing advertisements in the local newspapers and also by having a job section on Radio Turks and Caicos called Job Market which is aired as a part of the Community Announcements at 7:30am and 3pm each day.  We will continue our public outreach programs as well by hosting another Job Readiness Fair to assist persons in preparing for and conducting themselves in an interview, which can assist them in gaining employment in both the public and private sector.

“Recruitment is an ongoing process, as staff are continuously moving up within and also at times out of the organization, which makes this a very active process.  I am grateful for the efforts of my staff within the Human Resource Management Directorate and also the various ministries and departments across government that work to ensure that new and existing vacant positions are filled on a timely basis and with the right people and skills to assist in moving the organization forward as we continue to seek to build a more effective and efficient public service.”

 

Release: TCIG

 

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RTCIPF Observes World Down Syndrome Day

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On March 21st, 2024, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force joined the international, regional and local communities in observing World Down Syndrome Day. 

Officers showed their support by wearing brightly coloured and mismatched socks to raise awareness. 

The head of the Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police Grantley Williams, Training Manager Mrs Odessa Forbes and Media Relations Officer Denyse Renne visited the SNAP Centre and interacted with the students.

In a message to the TCI community, the RTCIPF noted that stereotypes perpetuate stigma and hinder inclusion, preventing individuals from reaching their full potential. 

Instead, the RTCIPF calls for individuals to foster an environment of acceptance and support where everyone is valued for who they are. 

By breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions, we can create a more inclusive society where individuals with Down Syndrome are empowered to live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their communities and, by extension, the TCI. 

As law enforcement officers, we must protect and serve all members of society, regardless of their abilities. 

Let’s work together to ensure that individuals with Down Syndrome are treated with dignity and respect and that their rights are upheld.

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CARICOM speaks out on Climate Change, looking to May meeting to amplify call for Climate Funding

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March 3, 2024

 

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains on the frontlines of global climate crisis, an issue the Region has been aggressively advocating on for the past thirty years. Despite the many commitments and promises of international partners, the window of opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is rapidly closing.

Heads of Government are concerned that while COP 28 was widely regarded as a historic event, with the completion of the first global stocktake (GST), on progress in achievement of the Paris Agreement goals, the outcomes of GST show that emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of Parties will not keep global temperatures below the 1.5 degree goal enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

Heads of Government also expressed concern to be heading to COP 29 where a New Finance Goal will be articulated to replace the 100bn goal, which has not yet been met, even as developing countries require trillions to deal with the escalating impacts of climate change. Developed country parties have not provided enough finance at scale, technology and capacity building support required to help developing countries tackle their pressing needs to build their resilience, especially in adapting to the adverse and increasingly catastrophic impacts of climate change. The clear absence of definitive timelines for action and quantitative commitments for scaling up of investments, and particularly adaptation finance emerging out of COP 28, cause great concern to our Region.

The Conference noted that Small Island Developing States (SIDS), recognized as the most vulnerable group of countries and a special case for sustainable development, have been facing strong push back against the recognition of their special circumstances especially in the context of climate finance. There is limited international support for special allocations for SIDS within financing arrangements and available climate finance from international and private sources is limited, expensive and too onerous to access.

In light of the preceding, Heads of Government called for CARICOM to take a strategic, unified and coordinated approach to ensure that the Region remains influential in the climate and development arena through engagements with key partners and advocacy groups.

They called for renewed focus by the Region to advocate for inclusion of forests, nature-based solutions and blue carbon into market mechanisms with the aim of articulating clear regional positions and strategies.

Heads of Government reiterated the call for improved readiness programmes, simplified approval procedures, a change to the criteria for determining access to low-cost finance, and for the adoption of programmatic approaches to address the bottlenecks in accessing finance.

The Region reiterates its support for the Bridgetown Initiative’s call to expand capital adequacy of international financial institutions.

Heads recognized that the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States, scheduled to be held in Antigua and Barbuda, 27 – 30 May 2024, will be an inflection point for many of these discussions to be articulated. As such, the Region remains committed to participating in the Conference at the highest level.

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South Caicos Development Plans shared with Washington-Misick led Administration

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On Monday, 12 February 2024, the Premier led a delegation to tour the island of South Caicos to view the ongoing public and private sector projects, involving the remodelling and rebranding of the airport terminals, historical districts, and the East Bay Hotel.

The tour of the various developments reinforced the Government’s commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to boost the island’s activity and economy.

Photos courtesy of the TCI Office of the Premier

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